Alaska Man Loses Appeal Over Park Dispute

A federal judge has dismissed the appeal of an Alaska man convicted of charges stemming from a 2010 run-in with park rangers in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Jim Wilde was arrested after failing to stop his boat for a safety inspection on the Yukon River. In his appeal, he argued the National Park Service lacked authority to stop him because the lands beneath the Yukon River are owned by the state and he was not involved in a subsistence activity. U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline disagreed.

Wilde’s attorney told the Fairbanks Daily News-Mineran appeal was possible.

A federal magistrate in 2012 found Wilde guilty of three misdemeanor counts, and Wilde was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine.