Guide fined for illegal hunting in Noatak preserve

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February 8th 6:28 pm | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic SounderPrint this article   Email this article

An out-of-state hunting guide who illegally led trips to the Noatak National Preserve has been fined and banned from ever hunting in the state again.

“The approximate 6.7 million acres of the Noatak National Preserve include remote and pristine habitat for Alaskan wildlife,” wrote U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder in court documents. “The defendant, a resident of Idaho, repeatedly violated state and federal law by unlawfully providing guided bear and moose hunts in the Noatak National Preserve.”

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason, who handled the case, put forth the ruling last Wednesday. The defendant, Paul Silvis, 52, of Nampa, must also serve six months of home confinement and five years of supervised release as part of his sentence.

Silvis was motivated by financial gain, Schroder wrote in a sentencing memorandum. In total, he received about $121,500 for…

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