Men charged with shooting caribou along Dalton Highway

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two Anchorage men have been charged with shooting five bull caribou along the Dalton Highway in an area restricted to bow hunting.

State troopers said their initial investigation revealed that David M. Rooney, 41, and William E. Moy, 27, had shot and killed four bull caribou but harvested only 200 pounds of meat.

According to the Department of Fish and Game, an adult caribou can yield 55 to 175 pounds of meat.

Troopers then discovered a fifth bull caribou, from which no meat had been salvaged, that had been shot and hidden in some brush.

The bag limit for the area is two caribou.

Rooney was being charged with three counts of wanton waste, one count of take over the limit of caribou, and one count of prohibited use of a firearm in the Dalton Highway Corridor.

The misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine. The law also requires a mandatory seven consecutive days in jail and $2,500 fine for the complete waste of a caribou.

Moy was charged with two counts of wanton waste and a single count of prohibited use of a firearm on the Dalton Highway.

The men were apprehended Oct. 15.

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