Nome man, juvenile fined for shooting bear near dump

NOME — A Nome man has been fined for shooting a grizzly bear last month near his community’s trash dump.

Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Daniel F. Phelps on Tuesday pleaded guilty to harvesting a bear within a half-mile of a solid waste disposal facility.

Troopers say Phelps and a juvenile from Wasilla on Sept. 21 shot the bear 250 yards from the Nome dump.

Phelps was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended. He was placed on probation for two years and ordered to pay $1,300 in restitution.

The juvenile was fined $500, placed on probation for one year and ordered to forfeit a gun that had been seized.

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