Idaho man indicted for illegal hunting of bears

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    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Paul Silvas, 51, was charged in a four-count indictment by a federal grand jury.

    The government alleges that Silva allegedly guided and hunted brown bears inside the Noatak National Preserve illegally.  He and his guests did not have proper permits to hunt in the preserve.

    The incidents took place on Sept. 5 and Sept. 12, 2014 and Sept. 25, 2013.

    Non-resident hunters are required to have a valued Alaska Department Fish and Game draw permit and purchase a big game tag from ADFG.

    Silvas is not a licensed big game guide in the state.

    If convicted he faces up to five years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

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