Iditarod champion's hunting trial begins

Posted: Monday, August 18, 2008

FAIRBANKS - Former Iditarod champion Jeff King is preparing to face charges that he illegally killed a moose in Denali National Park.

A federal court trial is scheduled to begin today in Fairbanks for the 52-year-old resident of Denali Park.

King is charged with taking wildlife in a national park and illegally operating a motor vehicle in a park, both misdemeanors.

King says he killed the bull moose last September just outside the park's northernmost boundary.

State and Denali Park authorities contend the animal was shot about 600 feet inside the park's border and that King drove an Argo all-terrain vehicle to the site.

Only federally qualified subsistence users are allowed to hunt within park boundaries.

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