Alaska Wildlife Trooper Colonel Doug Massie has seen his share of wanton waste and is reminding Alaksans of their responsibility to know the rules.

"What could have been salvaged and given to a family in need has completely gone to waste," Massie said.

There's also a danger when animals are not harvested properly.

"There could be other hunters in an area that come upon a kill site and a bear could be feeding on it and you create a hazardous situation for other people," Massie said.

Laurie Speakman is with the Alaska Moose Federation. Her group has recovered wanton waste since 2010. That includes a moose killed by a bow and arrow two weeks ago near Kasilof.

"With the heat that we've head, it already decayed past the point of — it was completely unsalvageable," she said.

There's another reason why hunters must take all of the meat in a kill: it's the law.

"It's a mandatory $2,500 fine and seven days in jail," Massie said.

Wildlife troopers are reminding hunters to be aware of what they shoot. What is considered legal or illegal varies from game unit to game unit.

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