Montana charges former Board of Fish nominee

Roland Maw has been charged in Montana following an investigation regarding residency issues.

Jim Kropp, chief of law enforcement for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, confirmed that the state has charged Maw, who owns property near Dillon, with seven counts of affirming to a false statement in order to obtain a resident hunting license. Maw’s son faces three similar charges.

Montana law enforcement says the charges were brought against Maw in March. On March 23, Gov. Bill Walker nominated Robert Ruffner of Soldotna to the vacant Board of Fisheries seat to which Maw had been nominated before he abruptly withdrew his name Feb. 20.

The misdemeanor charges carry the possibility of fines up to $1,000 each, two to six months in county jail, and the loss of all hunting and fishing privileges.

Alaska is one of 44 states that belong to the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, under which each state honors the others’ suspensions. Maw’s revocation of hunting and fishing privileges in Montana will be mirrored in Alaska under the compact.