Troopers cite hunters for illegally taken moose and bear

Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Hoonah cited Washington resident Alvin VanDalen, 51, for taking a sublegal bull moose in the Gustavus hunt area on Sept. 15.

Troopers contacted VanDalen just west of Dude Creek with a 45-inch bull moose with one brow tine. Regulations in the area require at least a 50-inch spread or three brow tines or a spike/fork bull moose. VanDalen is scheduled for court in Hoonah on Sept. 21.

AWT Troopers also cited Gustavus resident Steve Jarvis, 72, for taking a black bear on Sept. 2 without first obtaining a black bear harvest ticket.

Troopers were called to Gustavus after Jarvis had shot the bear in his yard, and then followed the wounded bear into his neighbor’s property where he finished off the animal.

Hoonah Troopers discovered that Jarvis then obtained his black bear harvest ticket approximately 2.5 hours after taking the animal.


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