Three men sentenced in illegal hunting at Alaska national park

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three men have been sentenced on federal charges connected to an illegal hunting operation in a national park in eastern Alaska.

The three former employees of Ptarmigan Lake Lodge inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve were sentenced earlier this month in Anchorage after they pleaded guilty to misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegal big-game hunts.

Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington, Dale Lackner of Haines, Alaska, and Casey Richardson of Huson (HEW-son), Montana, were indicted in August 2017.

Lackner was sentenced to six months of house arrest. Richardson and Harris were sentenced to three months in a halfway house, followed by three months of house arrest.

They also were sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution.