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Big-Game Guide Convicted of Illegally Killing Wolves in Alaska

Alaska Digest / Anchorage Daily News / July 31, 2005

McGrath - A man charged with illegally killing wolves while working with the state on a predator control program has been found guilty of nine hunting and trapping violations, Alaska State Troopers said Saturday.

The verdict against David Haeg, a big-game hunting guide who lives in Soldotna, was handed down by a McGrath jury Friday after it listened to four days of testimony in the case and deliberated for about 1 1/2 hours.

The convictions stem from a March 2004 investigation in the areas of the Swift, Stony and Big rivers near McGrath that showed Haeg killed nine wolves by shooting them from his aircraft and then falsely reporting the location of the killings to state wildlife officials who had hired him to kill the animals only within a prescribed zone.

Haeg was found guilty of five counts of knowingly taking nine wolves from an airplane, two counts of unlawful possession of illegally taken game, one count of unsworn falsification and one count of trapping wolverines during a closed season. He has not yet been sentenced.

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