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ALASKA WILDLIFE TROOPERS

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When bald eagles die in Unalaska, it’s the beginning of a long journey. Literally. Many of them travel thousands of miles and find second lives in the Lower 48. 

When Damian Lopez-Plancarte walks into the Wildlife Trooper office and opens the freezer, it looks like Thanksgiving. 

The shelves are jammed full of turkey-shaped items wrapped in plastic. But none of them are turkeys.

“Here we have one, two, three four, five dead eagles,” says Lopez Plancarte, counting each one.. 

Alaska Department of Public Safety

Alaska Wildlife Troopers charged five people near Point Moller last week for breaking commercial fishing regulations.

Troopers cited Darcy Mack of King Cove for fishing from an unregistered boat, the F/V Sky. Mack must appear in court and register his vessel with the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

Troopers fined King Cove’s Tyler Trumble and Mark Newton $260 each, after Trumble was found working on Newton’s boat without a license. Newton was penalized for keeping unlicensed crew and for failing to carry the photo ID required of permit holders.

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Unalaska is the national hot spot for bald eagle attacks. Biologists and law enforcement officials agree: You’re more likely to be attacked by a bald eagle here than anywhere else in the country.

You are most likely to be attacked by a bald eagle in the post office parking lot. 

Wildlife trooper Damian Lopez Plancarte has just escorted the first eagle victim of the season to the medical clinic. He points out the eagle perched on a nest.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

Two fishermen have pleaded guilty in Unalaska District Court after violating commercial fishing rules in the Aleutian Islands.  

Last week, the court ordered Michael Mayberry of Lake Stevens, Washington to serve one year of probation and pay more than $2,000 in fines and restitution for falsifying his fishing license.

The court fined George Yoder of Port Townsend, Washington more than $3,000 for fishing without a valid permit. Yoder was also sentenced to one year of probation.

Alaska State Troopers

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited three fishermen late last month for violating commercial fishing rules in the Aleutian Islands.

In Adak, troopers fined Tran Lucky of Puyallup, WA $260 for working aboard the F/V Alaska Victory without a valid license.

The vessel’s captain -- David Bishop of Milton, WA -- received the same fine for employing an unlicensed crew member.

Meanwhile, Dean Pedersen of Wasilla was cited for configuring his cod pots illegally near Sand Point.