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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:


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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


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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

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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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What Are You Going To Be When You Grow Up?

by Vickie Miller 6. March 2015 15:25

As told by Sgt. Rob Morrisett.......

My name is Robin Morrisett and I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona.  and have now been in Alaska for 36 years. As I was growing up, my parents had always wanted me to attend college. I always wondered what I would do when I grew up; thoughts of fighting forest fires, being a USCG Rescue Swimmer, or possibly something else.  




 My father retired from a law enforcement career. I never thought I would follow in his footsteps until I saw a commercial where the Anchorage Police Department was looking for Volunteer Reserve Police Officers. I joined because I wanted to help my community out. It was an unpaid position and after doing it for just a short bit, I was working a shoplifting case when I noticed a little boy whisper something to his mother.  I heard her say “I think it will be ok”, he then came over to me and gave me the biggest of hugs and said thank you for what you do. That is when I decided I want to do this and that was payment enough.

With the Department of Public Safety, I started in Kodiak as a seasonal Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officer. This position took me as far out as Dutch Harbor and St. Paul and a couple months in Cold Bay, Alaska.  After 6 months the decision was made to no longer have FWEO’s. I then worked in Palmer as an Aide for what was then Fish and Wildlife Protection, until I was hired as a Trooper and to start once again in Kodiak.

I am currently a Sergeant with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, stationed in Dutch Harbor. My patrol vehicle for the area is the P/V Stimson.  I have lived in Kodiak, Cordova, and Unalaska and worked the Alaska Peninsula, Bering Sea, Prince William Sound, and the Kenai Peninsula.

I must profess I have never been a public speaker, but this job will make you one. Talking to the press, well, it is something that has to be done, but mostly my favorite is talking with the kids in the communities I’ve been to, one of Alaska’s greatest up and coming resources. What will you hear me say to them? That’s easy it’s “What are you going to be when you grow up”?  As well as catching the people who are taking more of the Alaska’s natural resources such as the critters, fish and crab. I will also take you to jail for DUI. You will also definitely be cited for parking in the handicap spot if you’re not allowed to.

Talking with the kids to help them stay away from the bad things in life and working with other departments around the state is a passion of mine. Whether it be a mock what could happen if you drink on your prom night or helping the kids explore what it’s like to be able to breathe underwater (Scuba Dive) at the same time of teaching them boating safety and to always wear their personal flotation device (PFD). Like I said, publically speaking isn’t really for me, but when it comes to the kids, they are important!


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