A Juneau man accused of multiple hunting violations in the area, including the illegal shooting of a black-colored wolf many Juneau residents believe was the one called "Romeo," pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday morning in Juneau District Court as a crowded courtroom looked on.
Judge Keith Levy sentenced Myers to a total of 330 days in jail, all suspended; $12,500 in fines, $7,500 suspended, for a total of $5,000 due within two years. Myers has additional restitution of $1,100 and must forfeit three rifles and surrender any interest in hides generated in this case. His hunting license is suspended for the duration of his probation.
Gardner asked Frenzel to comment on a slide show of recovered images relevant to the wolf and bear obtained in search warrants. Images showed Peacock and Myers posing with the black-colored wolf after it had been taken and during the skinning process at the taxidermist. They also showed images of a Juneau Empire article entitled "Romeo, Where Art Thou?" from Peacock's cell phone.
"That is definitely Romeo," said Friends of Romeo founder Harry Robinson. "No mistake. You can tell by this scar here.
Observers in court, where a black wolf pelt was displayed, told the Juneau Empire they were certain it was from Romeo.
In the Empire article, Myers apologizes to the community and expresses a desire to move on. He even asks us to move on. Move on? Just accept a $5,000 fine for taking what I and many others believe to be our long lost ambassador to wildness? Just accept an apology for his despicable acts ? Sorry, I can't get there.
In the spirit of moving forward, I suggest that an appropriate tribute to Romeo and the ambassador role he played would be to have one seat on the Alaska Board of Game designated for one who appreciates wildlife for viewing and/or for their role in keeping ecosystems in balance. One out of seven seats for non-consumptive users of wildlife is not much to ask for in an effort to fully reflect and balance all uses of wildlife. We could call it the Romeo seat. This is a tribute deserving of Romeo and our memory of him; this is the type of action that would help us move on."
Forever in enlightened & grateful hearts, forever run free now, Romeo
Convicted guide in wolf case may go to prison ~ 1/23/11
"A man convicted of big game violations who was believed to have shot a black wolf beloved for its friendliness could have his probation revoked.
A petition to revoke Park Myers' probation was signed by Deputy Attorney General Rick Svobodny. Documents indicate that Myers made false statements to obtain benefits for which he was not entitled while working at a Juneau construction site.
The 40-year-old guide was convicted of bear baiting and other illegal hunting activities. He was believed to have shot Romeo, an unusually friendly black wolf that frequented the Mendenhall Glacier area. The wolf disappeared in 2009."
May justice be served.
Maybe his most recent illegal activities will make Judges think twice about suspending sentences and reducing fines.
Myers pleads guilty to probation violations
AWA members file victims' memorandum; final disposition set for June 16
The Alaska Wildlife Alliance’s Southeast chapter issued a press release following the hearing stating their concern justice had not been served in the illegal taking of two bears and a wolf by Myers and Jeffrey Peacock; that Levy did not have all relevant information at the original sentencing; that the victims were present and ready to testify at Myers’ last court hearing but were told they could not and that Myers is a known flight risk.
Local attorney Jeffrey Sauer filed a victims’ disposition memorandum Wednesday, requesting Myers case be settled Thursday. Sauer was present in court with Juneau residents Harry Robinson, Nick Jans and Joel Bennett. Jans and Bennett are suing Myers alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and loss of income related to Myers’ taking of the black wolf known as Romeo.
I can't believe how long this dance around justice is taking for a case that clearly hasn't a leg to stand on.
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"We are proud to honor this legendary Wolf, Romeo by creating a t shirt in his honor. This t shirt was designed at Wolf Howl Animal Preserve from a photo taken of Romeo by wildlife photographer, John Hyde who befriended the Wolf."