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KENAI: Moose Poaching Brings Stiff Sentences
Alaska Region, July 12, 2007
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After nearly two years of investigation and negotiations, the Kenai District Court for the State of Alaska has accepted plea agreements from three defendants stemming from the taking of moose illegally in a remote area of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  The 2005 case was developed from eye-witness reports from other hunters.  Charges were filed against a local man, a juvenile resident, and a non-resident hunter from Oregon that included taking three moose in a closed season, possessing/transporting illegally taken game, and falsifying a permit report.  Additional charges were made, after the initial investigation, for illegally providing big game transport services during a separate hunt to a non-resident hunter from Arizona.  The settlement agreement included a total of $20,500 in fines ($13,500 suspended), 810 days in jail (all suspended), 160 hours of community service, loss of hunting privileges within the State for one year, prohibition of hunting in the Refuge for 3 to 5 years, and loss of firearms, moose, and trophies.  

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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