Bowhunter Illegally Shot Moose After Being Warned, Troopers Say
September 19, 2011
By Chris Klint, KTUU.com
A photographer and a bowhunter both decided to shoot the same bull
moose in Eagle River Saturday morning -- but Alaska State Troopers
charged the hunter with a misdemeanor, saying he ignored the
photographer’s warning that the area was closed to hunting and illegally
wounded the moose.
Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to Mile 10 of Eagle River Road
Saturday, where the photographer said he was taking pictures of the
moose at about
8:15 a.m. when 29-year-old Phillip Perez of Anchorage pulled up in a
vehicle, then got out with a bow and some arrows.
The witness told troopers he saw Perez fire an arrow at the very
large moose and miss, then warned him that the Eagle River Management
Area is closed to all moose hunting. That’s when Perez allegedly took
the second shot, hitting the bull behind the shoulder.
An Anchorage Police Department officer and wildlife troopers tried to
follow the moose’s blood trail, but weren’t able to keep up with the
Troopers subsequently spotted the moose from the air in AST’s Helo-1
helicopter, but after ground tracking decided not to put the moose down.
Perez told troopers he thought the area was open to moose hunting. He
was charged with taking a moose in a closed area and issued a summons to
appear in Anchorage District Court.
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