By Carey Restino
Just as newborn moose calves are wobbling around seemingly every corner of Homer, a sad and criminal, story that resulted in an orphaned calf has spurred an organization to offer a $500 reward for information in solving the crime.
A reward is being offered for any information leading to the prosecution of the persons responsible for poaching a cow moose on Skyline Drive on May 31. An orphaned calf was recovered and was taken to the Alaska Zoo, said Dave Lyon, co-chair of the Alaska Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, the organization offering the reward.
According to Lyon, the moose was found around 8 a.m. on Skyline Drive near the Wynn Nature Center. Lyon said a passenger in his car noticed the moose and after determining it was dead, they called a local Alaska Fish and Game biologist as well as Alaska State Troopers to deal with the calf. Another passerby later said he had seen the cow only hours before with a calf, so responders knew to look for the calf. The calf was transported to Anchorage to the Alaska Zoo and the carcass was given to the person next on the road-kill list. When that individual butchered it, it was determined that it had been killed.
Lyon said when he found the moose, it was still warm.
“It hadn’t been dead very long,” he said. “Somebody poached this moose and they should be caught.”
Those with any information about the moose kill should contact Alaska State Troopers, Lyon said.
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