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January 18, 2011

Reward Offered in Alaska Moose Poaching Case

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of as much as $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two moose. The HSUS offer adds to an existing $1,000 reward offered by Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard.

The Case:

According to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, on Nov. 21, wildlife troopers responded to a call about a moose shot with an arrow on Michigan Street in Willow, Alaska. Troopers located a bull moose with an arrow in his left shoulder and he had to be put down due to the injury.

On Dec. 16, wildlife troopers responded to a call of a young cow moose shot with an arrow at the intersection of Michigan and Shirley Lake Road in the same town.  This moose was last seen still alive with an arrow lodged in her neck.

Moose hunting season was closed at the time these moose were injured. 

“Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Jennifer Hillman, western regional director for The HSUS.  “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for working tirelessly to try to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 

 Poaching:

 

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies nationwide to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard Hotline at 1-800-478-3377.  Callers may remain anonymous.

For more information about poaching, please visit humanesociety.org/poaching.

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching “HumaneTV” in the App Store.

Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states, and eight  foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

 

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