SEABECK -- A 38-year-old man was arrested by a Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer at 1:10 a.m. today for allegedly stealing salmon
from a tribal fishing net.
Mark Stangler, a non-Indian Seabeck resident, faces gross misdemeanor
charges of theft of salmon from a tribal net and participation in an Indian fishery.
Officer Brooks Carmichael said he was alerted by the State Patrol that a person
was stealing salmon from a tribal net near Big Beef Creek in Kitsap County. He and
Officers Tim Rieber and Doug Lux of the Point No Point Treaty Council Police
Carmichael said Stangler used a 12-foot rubber dinghy to remove two coho
salmon from the tribal net.
The officer said there also was an outstanding driving while intoxicated warrant
for Stangler. The suspect was booked into the Kitsap County Jail in Port Orchard for the
Stangler faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail and $5,000 fine for each
gross misdemeanor. The dinghy also was confiscated.