By Michael Armstrong
A hunters organization has put up a $500 reward leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person who killed a cow moose on East Skyline Drive on May 31. The death orphaned a male calf. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game rescued the calf, and it is now at the Alaska Zoo waiting transportation to the Columbus, Ohio, zoo in the fall, said Patrick Lampe, executive director of the zoo in Anchorage.
Dave Lyon, co-chair of the Alaska chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, and his son saw the dead cow moose on the side of the road at about Mile 1.5 East Skyline Drive the morning of May 31. Lyon reported the dead moose to Fish and Game. Assistant area biologist Jason Harriman responded. The moose did not have any apparent wounds when he saw it, Lyon said.
Harriman said that based on trauma to the moose, such as bleeding from the nose, he initially thought the cow had been struck by a car. However, when the person salvaging the moose meat found evidence that the moose had been killed, that person notified Alaska Wildlife Troopers.
Wildlife Trooper Luke Kumfer investigated the kill. He said the moose had definitely been intentionally killed, but citing an ongoing investigation did not want to disclose the exact means of its death. Troopers are pursuing leads but have not made any arrests.
Kumfer said the poacher would have had to know the cow had a calf. More....