Juneau fishing guide charged with selling wildlife parts

June 28, 2011 

A 37-year-old Juneau fishing guide has been indicted by an Anchorage federal grand jury on charges of illegally trafficking in migratory bird and bear parts.

Federal prosecutors say Michael Duby sold parts from 2007 through 2009 on eBay.

Prosecutors say Duby was warned by eBay that the sales may have violated the law.

Prosecutors say he also illegally killed a black bear in Juneau in an area closed to hunting, using bait without a permit and using a light.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward says the law provides for a maximum total sentence of two years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for a conviction.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and the Alaska State Troopers Wildlife Division conducted the investigation.

In April, Duby pleaded no contest to felony charges in Montana that he hunted illegally there.

Duby, his 62-year-old father, Michael W. Duby of Arizona, and a friend, 42-year-old Jeffrey C. Fritz of Washington, were charged with numerous counts of poaching after an investigation revealed that between 2004 and 2009 the men illegally killed numerous large game animals in Gallatin County. The elder Duby and Fritz have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in the case.

Anchorage Daily News is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service