Two plead guilty to waste of moose

Posted: Thursday, March 19, 2009

SAINT MARY'S, Alaska - Two 19-year-old Nunam Iquq men have pleaded guilty to wanton waste of a big game animal and will serve seven days in jail.

John Strongheart and John Murphy pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing a moose during a closed season and using a motorized vehicle to harass and herd big game.

They were fined more than $4,000, they lost hunting privileges for five years and their weapons were seized.

Alaska State Troopers said that a game officer on patrol with a plane Sunday issued a summons for the men.

Troopers said the men used snowmobiles to chase a moose near their village, then shot the animal and failed to salvage it.

The hunting season closed Feb. 28.

Nunam Iquq, a community of 201, is 500 miles northwest of Anchorage.

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