by Lorien Nettleton ~ January 4th, 2012
An ounce of gold and $500 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the wanton waste of a moose near Ferry, a remote community near Healy, in early September 2011. According to an Alaska State Troopers Press Release, the moose was killed in Game Management Unit 20A in the first week of September and left approximately six miles up the Ferry trail on the northwest side of the trail in a burned forest area. The 45-inch bull moose had two brow tines on one side and three on the other, which is legal for hunters in the area carrying an any bull hunting tag, but not legal for a normal harvest moose ticket. The dead moose was discovered by a hunter, who then reported it to Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Cantwell. The $500 reward is through the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard hotline. A local miner pitched in the ounce of gold as an added incentive to find the culprit.
Anyone with information can anonymously leave a tip at the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard hotline at 1-800-478-3377 or contact Troopers in Cantwell.