Guide on TV's 'Wild West Alaska' pleads guilty

Staff Writer
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A hunting guide who appears on the Animal Planet television show "Wild West Alaska" has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor hunting or guiding violations.

Jim West, of Anchorage and Copper Center, entered the pleas Wednesday in Glennallen. He was charged with guiding a client who illegally killed a moose in 2009, killing a black bear while guiding in 2011, and failing to remove bear-baiting stations in 2011 and 2012.

He was fined $8,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.

West's attorney says the 60-year-old guide and gun store owner has suffered a tremendous loss to his reputation and business for what amounted to paperwork violations.

Thirteen violations were dismissed.

Defense attorney Brent Cole says claims of trespass were dismissed and never should have been filed.