By Garland Kennedy
Sitka Sentinel 

Sitka teens sentenced for illegally killing, dumping bears


November 1, 2023

A couple of Sitka teens have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the illegal killing of bears on a road north of town last fall and will forfeit their hunting rights temporarily, pay fines and lose the firearms and gear used in the violations.

Peter Holst and Bae Barkhoefer were 16 years old at the time of the offenses but were prosecuted as adults, as is allowed under state law for fish and game violations. Barkhoefer took part in only the first of the two bear killings to which Holst pleaded guilty.

The state charged that on Sept. 30, 2022, the two young men shot and killed a bro...

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