YouTube videos lead to arrest of Anchorage man for roadside grouse hunting

Series of videos reportedly showed Xiong getting out of his vehicle and firing his shotgun 20 times

YouTube videos lead to arrest of Anchorage man for roadside grouse hunting

An Anchorage man has been charged with 20 counts of misconduct involving a weapon after video of him allegedly shooting grouse in Cooper Landing was given to state troopers, according to an affidavit filed at the Kenai Courthouse on April 9.

On Jan. 1 Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a tip about videos of a man illegally shooting grouse on a YouTube channel under the name “Nutty Nu.” According to the affidavit, troopers found videos on the YouTube channel — uploaded on Aug. 23, 2015, Oct. 2, 2018 and Oct. 10, 2018 — that showed Nu Xiong, 27, firing a shotgun at grouse while on Mystery Creek Road in Cooper Landing.

According to the affidavit, the series of videos showed Xiong getting out of his vehicle and firing his shotgun 20 times down the center of the road as well across it. The videos also allegedly showed Xiong collecting the grouse he had shot on several separate occasions. The videos are no longer on the Nutty Nu YouTube channel, although troopers did obtain copies of the videos as part of the investigation, according to the affidavit. Troopers reported that Xiong confirmed that he was the person in the videos.

Xiong faces 20 counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon for each shot fired near the road, one count of unlawful possession or transportation of game, and one count of salvaging game meat, furs and hides, all of which are class A misdemeanors.

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