PALMER — As a summer time of excessive bear exercise wraps up throughout Alaska, a Wasilla man has been accused in seven citations of establishing an unlawful bear-baiting station close to Willow, solely a 3rd of a mile from a neighbor’s cabin.
Attracting black bears utilizing pungent lures like pet food, grease, berries or popcorn is authorized in lots of locations round Alaska, offered hunters cross a state course and comply with the principles. These guidelines embrace ensuring the station is at the very least 1 mile from houses, faculties, campgrounds and cabins — locations the place baited bears might encounter individuals.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers took a yr to quote 36-yr-previous Joshua Yundt for misdemeanor fees, together with failing to register, after which to take away the bear-bait station within the Rolly Creek space.
Yundt’s citations, issued final week, all associated to a bear-baiting station: Two counts accused him of building a bear-bait station with no allow or registration; two counts accused him of building a station inside 1 mile of a everlasting construction or cabin; two counts accused him of failing to take away a bear-bait station after season; and a single rely accused him of failing to mark or determine a station.
He is scheduled to seem in Palmer District Courtroom on Oct. three.
Yundt didn’t return a name positioned to a Fairbanks pawn store by which he holds a managing curiosity.
Bear baiting is a standard apply in elements of Alaska, if it is achieved legally. The 2 recreation models that cowl a lot of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have 250 registered bait stations from the Knik River to Willow Creek and north to the Talkeetna River, in line with the Alaska Division of Fish and Recreation.
A cabin proprietor within the space alerted troopers to the bait station in late August 2016, stated Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Brent Johnson. The person offered specifics together with GPS coordinates that helped troopers pinpoint the situation, the place they confirmed up in October to discover a barrel and a few pet food, however no figuring out markers.
Johnson checked an inner database of registered stations within the space and located one close by that Yundt registered in 2014. Then, the trooper stated, he discovered Yundt had a cabin within the space.
The proof troopers wanted for the citations got here from a recreation digital camera put in close to the station in mid-April and retrieved in June, Johnson stated. Among the many pictures was one later recognized as Yundt placing out bait after an ATV arrived with pet food and grease.
Yundt cleaned up the location after he was…