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Teaching The Kids About Wildlife

by Vickie Miller 23. July 2015 10:23

 

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Lt. Fussey and Safety Bear taught kids about Alaskan animals at the Joy Greisen Jewish Education Center summer camp on Tuesday, July 21st. Fussey let the kids handle animal hides and skulls and Safety Bear handed out hugs and high fives to the Anchorage school children.

 

    

 

 

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North for Science

by Vickie Miller 26. June 2015 15:20

On Saturday, June 13th, a group of eight 7th and 8th graders from Fairbanks visited Coldfoot AWT Post during their trip to the Brooks Range “North for Science”. The students took a trip north to meet field scientist and agency staff to learn about subarctic and arctic eco-systems while having fun camping in the Brooks Range. The trip is made possible by sponsorship from Muri Science and Learning Center, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Geographic, Arctic Audubon Society, Alaska Songbird Institute and University of Alaska Toolik Field Station.  Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Lanier explained responsible resource Management, duties and responsibilities of a Wildlife Trooper, and had a show and tell with the Coldfoot AWT Super Cub.

 

 

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Kids Fish and Game Fun Day - Fairbanks, Alaska - May 16, 2015

by Vickie Miller 3. June 2015 10:31

On Saturday May 16th, four Alaska Wildlife Troopers made a public appearance at the Kids Fish and Game Fun Day hosted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at 1300 College Road in Fairbanks. Troopers had two state aircraft, a helicopter and a super cub, on display for the public and were available for questions for the duration of the event. Over 1500 people were present at the event which ran from 11:00AM until 4:00 PM.

Sergeant David Bump and Trooper Mike Potter give the public a look at one of their patrol vehicles

Trooper Art Cummings helping kids in and out of the cub during the day

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The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® - 2015

by Vickie Miller 5. May 2015 08:34

On April 18, 2015, AWT Captain Bernard Chastain and Trooper Dan Dahl walked more than a mile in high heels with Team AST to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes and effects of sexualized violence.  The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is an international men's march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Team AST raised more than $2,500 for Standing Together Against Rape (www.staralaska.com) , an organization that provides support to Alaskans affected by sexual violence. For more information and to support Team AST, go to https://starak.ejoinme.org/?tabid=579930&joinme=40109

 

 AWT Captain Chastain in the middle, and AWT Trooper Dahl, right, strapping their heels on.  On the left is fellow AST teammate, Lt. Gonzales.

 

 Struttin' their stuff is Left to Right, AST Colonel Cockrell, AST Lt. Gonzales, and our AWT Captain Chastain who particularly looks great in the lace ups!

 

Rounding the corning is AWT Trooper Dahl next to Captain Chastain on the inside.  Way to go, guys!

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Alaska Wildlife Safeguard

by Vickie Miller 9. April 2015 14:52

Alaska Fish & Wildlife Safeguard is a non-profit volunteer citizen's organization that works in cooperation with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers.  By providing a toll-free hotline phone number which citizens may call to report a resource law violation, the organization gives the public an opportunity to become involved in protecting Alaska's natural resources.

Report Violations 1 - 800 - 478 - 3377

For more information about the Safeguard program, click on the below link:

http://dps.alaska.gov/AWT/Safeguard.aspx

 

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Are You An Ethical Hunter?

by Vickie Miller 19. March 2015 13:59

 

Every hunter is responsible for their bullet. This means that as the trigger is pulled the hunter must know as best as possible that the game to be taken is legal. This is the hunters’ responsibility both ethically and legally. Occasionally, a hunter does not follow this rule and takes an animal that is not legal. What can the hunter do if this happens?

Under general sport hunting or trapping regulations in Alaska, there is no law that requires that a person taking game unlawfully turn themselves in. The ethical hunter will consider this option, but may not know how to go about accomplishing this without placing themselves in a situation that could result in severe punishment. When game is taken illegally, it instantly places an otherwise law abiding citizen in the situation of possibly having a criminal record.

Self turn-in’s account for a portion of wildlife cases each year where animals have been taken unlawfully. By turning yourself into the Wildlife Troopers you are taking ownership of your mistake and assuring that you will be dealt with differently than if a Trooper discovered the violation on their own.

The following are the steps to take if you find yourself in a situation where you have taken game illegally:

  1. As soon as possible after realizing that the game is not legal, contact your local office of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Advise them of your situation and your location.
  2. Salvage all the edible meat of the animal per salvage regulations.  The Alaska Wildlife Troopers will tell you where to take the animal.
  3. Keep the meat in the best condition possible.  This may mean that you will need to come out of the field to save the meat from spoiling.

What will happen once you turn yourself in?

When you turn yourself in, you can expect that a Trooper will speak to you about your hunt and ask you questions about how you took the animal. The meat and the antlers or horns will be seized. According to Alaska law, animals taken unlawfully are the property of the state. The meat will be donated to a charitable organization or retained as evidence. Alaska Wildlife Troopers will retain the horns or antlers until instructed by the court. You will likely receive a citation for taking the animal illegally; however you will receive a substantially lower fine amount than if you had not turned yourself in. In most situations, Alaska Wildlife Troopers will recommend to the Judge that the fine be consistent with other areas of the state for self turn-in’s and we will recommend that it be resolved as a “violation” offence.  

Hunters who decide to not turn themselves in risk being discovered by Wildlife Troopers sometime in the future. Please consider your actions carefully after you take an animal unlawfully in Alaska. Your next decision may be the one that gets you back on the right track.

Article Submitted By:  Captain Bernard Chastain
Operations Commander, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchorage

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Kids Don't Float

by Vickie Miller 13. March 2015 15:25

I can't tell who's having more fun, the kids during a Kids Don't Float class or the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and U. S. Coast guardsmen in Ketchikan, Alaska last week.  The class took place on Wednesday, March 4th, with 20 students, ages 5 - 8, from the Clover Pass Christian School.  Bill Cline from the US Coast Guard, Sgt. Greg Garcia and Trp. Jeremy Baum of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, taught the students the importance of wearing a vest when recreating around Alaska waterways.  They spent two hours in the classroom; teaching them how to properly wear a life vest, and how to use it if they were to fall in the water.  After teaching them these basic skills, they took them to the Ketchikan Gateway swimming pool where they used what they learned in the swimming pool.  Baum stated, "It was great to see the kids' excitement about wearing their life vest when we went to the swimming pool"! 

         

  

For more information on the Kids Don’t Float program, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/kdfhome.htm.

 

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Boating Safety on Kodiak Island - May 2014

by Vickie Miller 10. March 2015 14:39

Sgt. Shane Nicholson, Trp. Dan Valentine, and VPSO Jim Cedeno give the students of Old Harbor a tour of the P/V Cama'i while teaching boating safety last May, 2014. 

 

 

 Safety Bear visiting the kids at Larsen Bay 

Below is a map to show you where Old Harbor and Larsen Bay are located.  The population of Old Harbor is approximately 224 people, while Larsen Bay has approximately 87.

Here is a link for a comic and activity book to download for kids from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Office of Boating Safety

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/pdf/safeboatkids_bk.pdf

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Sunset Over Fairbanks

by Vickie Miller 10. March 2015 13:54

Trooper Leigh shot this sunset over Fairbanks as he and pilot, Alaska Wildlife Trooper Mike Potter, were flying back from a search for snowmachiners in the White Mountains in early January, 2015.

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