3 Fined for Poaching Moose

Anchorage Daily News / March 12, 2004

Two Alaskans and an Idaho man each have been fined $500 and ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution to the National Park Service for poaching a bull moose in Lake Clark National Park in September 2001, the agency said.

Spencer E. Allen, 39, of Homer; Raymond M. May, 25, of Kodiak; and Michael S. Conner, 35, of Victor, Idaho, were recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, according to the Park Service.

The three pleaded guilty last month to illegally taking the moose. Allen was the principal shooter and has been placed on federal probation for 18 months, the agency said. May and Conner received 12 months' probation.

While on probation, the men cannot hunt or go into the field with another hunter anywhere in the country, said the agency's Alaska Regional office in Anchorage.

Allen and Conner had been charged with unlawful taking of wildlife, May with possession of illegally taken wildlife.

The Park Service credited an alert fishing guide with help that led to evidence of the crime. The three men were hunting in a coastal area of the park when the guide saw them "acting suspiciously" and notified a ranger, the agency said in a written statement.

A ranger visited the men's camp and told them hunting was illegal in a national park. No moose carcass was visible then, the Park Service said.

Later, while on aerial patrol, a ranger pilot saw not far from the camp a site where a moose had been shot and remains left behind. Park Service investigators tracked the kill to the three defendants from evidence found in the field, the agency said.

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