ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the killing of dozens of caribou near Point Hope.
Mayor Steve Oomittuk said about 40 animals were shot and left to rot in nearby mountains between Point Hope and Kivalina.
Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said the agency promised village officials it would keep the case quiet until the investigation is complete to ensure their cooperation.
Point Hope is a Chukchi Sea community of about 700 people 330 miles southwest of Barrow.
Oomittuk said the slaughter will not be tolerated and steps must be taken to make sure that residents' subsistence lifestyle is protected.
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