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Bogus Hunting Guide Sentenced in Yakutat
Alaska Digest / Anchorage Daily News / December 1, 2005

A big-game hunting guide pleaded guilty to illegally killing three bears near Yakutat while he was supposed to be guiding clients, Alaska State Troopers said.

Mark F. Collins, 51, who lived in Poth, Texas, but claimed to be an Alaska resident, led three hunts with clients on which he shot and killed two black bears and a brown bear, Sgt. Steve Hall said.

Collins was convicted on Tuesday in Yakutat District Court of one count of taking a brown bear without a valid license, two counts of taking a black bear without a license, three counts of unlawful possession, one count of unsworn falsification of a big-game tag record, and unlawfully guiding and hunting without a valid license.

Collins was ordered to pay a fine of almost $8,000 and restitution of $2,500, troopers said. Also, he was ordered to forfeit two black bears and a brown bear, his guiding and hunting licenses were revoked for two years, and he was placed on probation for three years.

Collins guided hunts near Russell Fjord, Hall said.

Yakutat is on the Gulf of Alaska, 225 miles northwest of Juneau and 220 miles southeast of Cordova.

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