Alaska grizzly hunt goes awry

An Alaskan  grizzly bear hunt that took place four years ago has gotten a pair of respected Michigan hunters into some trouble.

The Alaska Dispatch with the report:


One of the “Michiganians of the Year” for 2013 has been ordered, along with her son, to pay more than $50,000 in fines and write a public letter of apology to Safari Club International, an organization that maintains records of trophy game, for getting a jump on the 2009 bear hunting season on Alaska’s North Slope.

Sixty-six-year-old Charlotte Peyerk and 40-year-old son Mark Peyerk of Mio, Mich., so badly wanted to put a trophy grizzly in “the book” — as big-game hunters call the register of records — that they started the 2009 hunting season in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a day early, according to federal prosecutors.

On Monday, Charlotte and Mark were sentenced in a Fairbanks court for crimes in connected to that hunt. Charlotte and her husband, Dan, enjoyed a better moment when they were recognized as outstanding citizens earlier this year by The Detroit News. The newspaper described them as “environmentalists from Glennie, Mich.”  They were commended for hosting disabled children at their lodge in the Great Lakes State.


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