A Haines hunting guide received a felony conviction for violations to the Lacey Act.
A Haines man will serve four years probation after receiving a felony conviction charge in violation of the Lacey Act.
The Lacey Act, which was created to prevent wildlife trafficking, is being applied to this case because the Haines hunting guide falsified information about a guided hunt.
John Katzeek was acquitted of eight other charges during a jury trial in Juneau last February, but U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess has put the hammer down in this Lacey Act violation case. Burgess has prohibited Katzeeek from guiding hunts during his probation and must serve 200 hours of community service not in the form of hunting education. In addition, Katzeek cannot operate or possess firearms, but he can accompany his wife on subsistence gatherings. For his Lacey Act violations, Katzeek will be required to pay a $2,000 fine and $1,500 in restitution.
This Lacey Act violation is being applied to a mountain goat hunt which occurred in October 2011 and carries felony charges. Prosecutors said Katzeek filed paperwork that contained false information about the meat taken from the field, the date of the hunt, and the assistant guide on the hunt.
Katzeek’s case is part of a larger collaboration by Canada and America prevent hunters from violating the Lacey Act. Many hunts are still practiced illegally and game is illegally imported into Canada. Federal prosecutors have charged 17 people with 55 violations in Alaska and Alberta in an program dubbed, “Operation Bruin.”