Alaska hunting guide charged with herding bears to clients

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against a hunting guide suspected of using snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients.

Charges filed by the Office of Special Prosecutions say 55-year-old Brian Simpson of Fairbanks ordered assistant guides to herd bears to make them easier to shoot.

Simpson's company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business Thursday and Friday were not returned. Online court documents do not list his attorney.

Simpson is also charged with three counts of guiding in a national preserve north of Nome without a permit.

The charges stem from spring hunting trips last year.

Prosecutors say in one case, an assistant guide followed a bear in deep snow until it tired, then chased it to a hunter.

Simpson is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 15 in Nome.

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