December 18, 2012
Why You Shouldn't Tell an AK Wildlife Trooper You Caught a Chupacabra
By Joe Cermele
Here's a funny (or not so funny, depending on how you look at it) story posted on the website of The Alaska Dispatch. Alaskan fishing guides are required by law to submit logbooks to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game every year so their catches can be tracked. Matthew Terry, an Alabama resident who guides on the Kasilof River during the summer, decided to spice up his catch report a bit noting that besides loads of salmon, he also boated a bluefin tuna, "jack" beluga whale, a blue whale, and last but not least, a chupacabra (below). Mildly amusing, right? Yeah, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers didn't think so. Question is, did Terry make a boo-boo really worthy of punishment, or do Alaska Wildlife Troopers just have zero sense of humor?
Here's a little snippet from the story:
"Terry will be spending the winter in Alabama,'' DeWitt reported. "But he's already looking forward to next May when the salmon will return to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers."
Actually, he might be back sooner than that. Troopers reported they on Monday issued a summons for him to appear in the Kenai District Court within 30 days to answer to the charge of "failure to complete logbook as required by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.'' Terry can, however, avoid the appearance by paying a $210 fine.
I personally think The Alaska DFW's reaction to the whole thing is a bit much, but at the same time, this is why I never joke with Fish & Game officers. You just don't know which ones will laugh, and which will search your boat for an hour based on a report that you never thought they'd take seriously.