Troopers: Californian claimed to be Alaskan in bear, moose kills
A 28-year-old man from California stands accused of various wildlife offenses, after Alaska State Troopers say he falsely reported his residency during the past two years in three animal kills.
Wildlife troopers in Kodiak began looking into the kills by Dale Cushman of Santa Barbara, Calif. in January, an online dispatch said, after he had “purchased multiple Alaska sport licenses and taken a moose, black bear, and brown bear as an Alaska resident.”
“Investigation showed that Cushman had never maintained his domicile in Alaska for 12 consecutive months and had been absent from Alaska in a manner inconsistent with the intent to remain indefinitely and make a home here,” troopers wrote.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Cushman had killed the black bear and the moose during 2016, in Game Management Unit 16A south of Denali National Park and Preserve. The brown bear kill which prompted the investigation occurred on Kodiak Island last November.
“The wildlife trooper was reviewing hunt reports from successful brown bear hunters on Kodiak when he noticed a residency issue,” Peters wrote in an email.
Cushman is charged with taking the moose and black bear without appropriate non-resident tags, taking the brown bear without an accompanying hunting guide, two counts of making false statements of material fact and three counts of unlawfully possessing and transporting big game.
Troopers forwarded $310 citations on the false-statement counts to the Kodiak court.
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