Then in 2011, and again in 2012, they charged that he trespassed on the Native-owned lands within the Cooper River Valley while guiding black bear hunters.
West was at one of his registered bear bait sites, illegally placed on private lands, when a client killed a black bear, according to authorities.
According to the Sun on Sunday, the 34-year-old is set to become a father for the first time, with his gorgeous Italian model girlfriend Sharon Canu six months pregnant, expecting a baby boy.
In 2011, authorities say, a Glennallen-based Alaska State Wildlife Trooper was tipped that West might be hunting bear at bait stations located on private lands owned by Ahtna Inc., one of the 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations, said troopers' spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. Begun by troopers in Glennallen, the investigation soon grew to include the wildlife troopers' investigative unit in Anchorage and the National Park Service, according to a trooper press release.He is also a Champions League and Europa League winner with Chelsea.The big question is: will baby Cole grow up to support England or Italy?!West has been charged with 17 hunting violations, including trespassing on Alaska Native lands while guiding a black bear hunt.His attorney has questioned whether troopers might have busted him to boost their TV ratings.That is a violation of state guiding statutes, as is the failure to remove bear bait stations at the end of the hunting season. West attorney Brent Cole, an Anchorage lawyer who specializes in wildlife cases, refused to discuss the specifics of the charges against his client, but said that West "without question" denies his bear-bait sites were located on Native lands.West faces a total of 17 charges in connection with various bear hunts.The state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals in the Office of the Attorney General is now handling the case.Troopers allege that West, while working as a big game guide that year, unlawfully guided a hunt on federal lands within the Wrangell-St. It is legal to hunt in the preserve portion of the 13.2-million-acre federal reserve bigger than the nation of Switzerland, but authorities say West lacked the necessary concession permit to guide hunts there.They question the legality of the information troopers used to obtain the warrant. Busting the star of a rival, Alaska reality TV show could conceivably be good for the ratings of Alaska State Troopers.But then again, the bust might also be good for "Wild West," which often promotes the somewhat-rebel lifestyles of its stars.