A Palmer man has been charged with wasting moose meat and illegally transporting moose antlers during a mid-September hunt in the Alaska Range, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.
Gary L. Hagen, 56, was charged in McGrath District Court with one count of waste of moose meat and one count of transporting moose antlers from the kill site before salvaging all edible meat, troopers said.
A troopers investigation found that Hagen killed a bull moose near Styx Lake, about 15 miles south of Rainy Pass, on Sept. 13 but salvaged meat only from the forequarters, hindquarters and backstraps, they said.
Hagen and a companion packed out the antlers Sept. 14, leaving the moose ungutted and with the neck, brisket, ribs, flank and tenderloins remaining on the carcass, according to the troopers. The antlers were seized as evidence, they said.
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