Two faces charges for illegal moose hunt in Anchorage bowl

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two men new to Alaska are facing charges in connection with illegally killing a moose on the Anchorage Hillside.

Rock Reed and Ira Griffin shot the moose early Wednesday near the Glen Alps parking lot in Chugach State Park. The men were about 10 miles from a legal hunting area.

''We made a bad mistake,'' Reed told the Anchorage Daily News. Reed said the two had contacted Fish and Game about where to hunt, but got mixed up and wound up in a wildlife viewing area.

Employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game who were trying to locate radio-collared geese witnessed the illegal kill and called Fish and Wildlife Protection officers.

Reed and Griffin were ordered to salvage all the meat from the moose for charity.

The men, who had recently moved to Alaska from Arkansas and Texas told investigators they didn't realize they were in the wrong area.

Trooper Mitch Doerr said one of the men would be charged with killing a moose in a closed area, while the other would be charged with aiding and abetting the illegal hunt.

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