Eagle River man pleads guilty to same-day airborne hunting

Posted: Friday, January 10, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Eagle River man has pleaded guilty to illegally killing a moose on the same day he was airborne.

Ralph Johnson, 60, entered his plea Thursday in federal court in Anchorage.

According to charging documents, Johnson used his own aircraft to fly to the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge in September of 1999 and killed a bull moose he spotted from the air on the same day.

The investigation was conducted by the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska State Troopers.

Johnson will be sentenced April 7.

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