Alaska man charged with wasteful polar bear killing
A man allegedly shot and killed a polar bear leaving its carcass go to waste in the snow, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced on Thursday, 35-year-old Christopher Gordon has been federally charged for taking a polar bear in an unlawful manner under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Charging documents state 35-year-old Christopher Gordon left cut up whale meat in his front yard on Dec. 20, 2018 near the village of Kaktovik. After some time, the meat attracted a polar bear and other animals to Gordon's residence. Gordon allegedly shot and killed the polar bear because it was trying to eat the meat, which was not properly stored.
According to the documents, the shooting was not in self defense.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigation found Gordon left the bear's remains out between December 2018 and May 2019, according to a release. Since it was winter, the carcass became covered in snow, leading to a snow removal vehicle moving the bear and accidentally tearing off one of its legs. According to information obtained by investigators, Gordon disposed of the polar bear at the Kaktovik dump where it was incinerated without harvesting any of the animal for subsistence.
Gordon has been charged in Fairbanks with one count of wasteful taking of a marine mammal. If convicted, he could face up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
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