Alaska man kills polar bear leaves it to waste

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Christopher L. Gordon, 35, of Kaktovik faces federal charges he violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

    U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said the polar bear was shot and killed and left to waste.

    Gordon faces one charge in Fairbanks of the wasteful taking of a marine mammal.

    It's alleged that on December 20, 2018, Gordon left butchered whale meat outside in his front yard for a substantial period.  The meat attracted a polar bear and other animals to his front yard.  Gord then allegedly shot and killed the polar bear trying to eat the improperly stored whale meat.

    Authorities also allege that the polar bear carcass was left in his front yard covered in snow until May 22.

    A snow removal vehicle moved the polar bear and ripped off one of its legs. 

    Its alleged Gordon caused the polar bear carcass to be discarded and burned in the Kaktovik dump without salvaging meat for subsistence purposes.

    If convicted Gordon faces up to one year in jail and $100,000 in fines. 

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the investigation.

     

     

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