Man sentenced for illegal Denali hunt

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A 56-year-old Anchorage man convicted of illegally hunting bull moose in Denali National Park has been sentenced to a year of probation.

David Talmadge Harger also was fined $1,000 Monday.

Federal prosecutors say Harger and an associate used a small airplane to fly 1.5 miles into the park near the Kanikula and Tokositna rivers. National Park Service wildlife officers flew in to investigate.

Prosecutors said Harger carried an aircraft GPS, a topography map and state game regulations but did not verify the location.

Federal officials said Harger would have faced higher penalties if he had killed a moose within park boundaries and he was fortunate to have his hunt interrupted. Harger's associate also has been charged.

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