Absurdity in wildlife law and enforcement has surfaced once again, with an Alaska fishing guide charged for making a humorous entry in his log book.
Alaska Dispatch outdoor writer Craig Medred reports:
…21-year-old fishing guide Matthew Terry has just made the unfortunate discovery that authorities in Alaska have no sense of humor. A resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the young Terry did some guiding on the Kenai Peninsula’s Kasilof River this summer for Reubin Payne of Alaskan Widespread Fishing are required to fill out logbooks to track their catch. Terry, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, jokingly reported “he had taken the following species from the Kasilof River: Chupacabra, Tuna, Jack Beluga, and Blue Whales.”
Humorless wardens issued Terry a summons for him to appear in the Kenai District Court within 30 days to answer a charge of “failure to complete logbook as required by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.”
Texas Fish & Game editor-at-large Ted Nugent similarly ran afoul of an obscure and rarely enforced Alaska law regarding wounded game during a 2009 black bear hunt.
According to Medred:
Expert anglers say it would be impossible to land a blue whale on sport-fishing gear. There has never been a verified report of a tuna in the Kasilof. Scientists have yet to find a jack beluga. And though Alaska has coyotes, those with serious mange rarely survive the winter, and none are known to swim and take bait in Alaska rivers.