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Hide and Horn Auction set for Sunday

By Lauren Maxwell 8:10 PM February 19, 2014

Fish and Game says auction makes sure animals aren’t wasted

ANCHORAGE - If you are in the market for moose antlers or perhaps a brown bear hide, you could be in luck.

A Fur Rondy event this weekend features all of that and more.

The state Department of Fish and Game is getting set to host it’s annual Hide and Horn Auction. All year the department has been collecting hides from animals that have been killed in defense of life or property, or confiscated by wildlife troopers for being taken illegally. The collection even includes some roadkills. This year there is also a bumper crop of moose antlers — more than 60 pairs.

“We get a lot of artisans,” said Fish and Game’s Ken Marsh. “This is a great opportunity for antler carvers and also for casual collectors.”

The annual auction makes sure the animals won’t be wasted, Marsh said. The Hide and Horn Auction takes place this Sunday starting at noon in the carnival buttress area in downtown on Third Avenue and E Street. The Alaska Trappers Association also has fur auctions this weekend and next, and those will be held on Saturday.

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