A 42-year-old Nikiski man pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting a moose during closed season and a third-degree weapon charge.
In September 2011, James "Jesse" R. Jackson, killed a moose near his property. Alaska Wildlife Trooper Glenn Taylor reported Jackson admitted to shooting the moose because it attacked his dog on his front porch.
Alaska residents legally can shoot moose in defense of life or property (DLP). An owner can protect a domesticated animal under the law. Prosecutions for illegal DLPs are rare, but Alaska Wildlife Troopers argued Jackson's shooting was not an eligible situation, according to court records.
Jackson will serve three years in prison and will pay a $1,500 fine.
Taylor received a report of a cow moose being shot in Nikiski. He arrived on scene at 8:48 a.m. and contacted Jackson, who was standing near the dead moose.
Jackson said he shot the moose about two minutes after his dog was attacked, adding the dog was inside the residence and uninjured when he shot the moose, Troopers report.
"The moose wasn't doing anything when he shot it, but (Jackson) felt it was a menace," Taylor reported.
When the Trooper contacted Jackson, he failed to inform the officer he was in possession of a concealed handgun. Later, inside Jackson's residence, he removed a black handgun out of his right jacket pocket, looked at Trooper Taylor and said "I have this 9 mm," according to court records.
While it is legal to carry a concealed weapon in most of the state, residents are required to immediately tell law officials about their concealed gun. Further investigation revealed Jackson is a convicted felon out of Oregon and should not be in possession of a firearm.
Both Jackson and his wife Bobbie Jackson, 39, admitted to buying the stolen handgun from a cousin.
He originally was charged with taking a moose in closed season; second-, third- and fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon; and theft by receiving.
Bobbie was also charged with second-degree theft and pleaded guilty so the court would accept the plea agreement, according to court records.
Many DLP shootings on the Kenai Peninsula are due to bear encounters. An average of seven bears are killed each year as DLP animals, according to the Cooper Landing Bears Alive Coalition.
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