Hunter believed to have shot Juneau wolf 'Romeo' sentenced

A Juneau man who is believed to have shot the approachable black wolf known to residents as Romeo received suspended sentences Wednesday for multiple hunting violations. Observers in court, where a black wolf pelt was displayed, told the Juneau Empire they were certain it was from Romeo.

Park Myers pleaded guilty to unlawfully taking big game by using a rim fire cartridge to take a wolf and unlawful possession of that wolf. The charges stemmed from the same Sept. 22, 2009, incident.

Myers also pleaded guilty to establishing a black bear station to hunt bear using bait or scent lures without an Alaska Department of Fish & Game permit, and two more counts of unlawful possession stemming from May 2009 and May 2010.

Judge Keith Levy sentenced Myers to a total of 330 days in jail, all suspended; $12,500 in fines, $7,500 suspended, for a total of $5,000 due within two years. Myers has additional restitution of $1,100 and must forfeit three rifles and surrender any interest in hides generated in this case. His hunting license is suspended for the duration of his probation.

Myers had no comment as he left the court building but stated later in the afternoon, "I am remorseful about what I did. I take the punishment seriously. I apologize to the community and hope everyone can learn from this and move on. I would especially like to thank my supporters."

Read more in the Juneau Empire.