Illegal moose kill, antler transport brings fine

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A 67-year-old Fairbanks man has been fined $10,000 for helping to shoot an under-size moose and for shipping the antlers out of Alaska.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Leslie Zerbe also was barred in federal magistrate court from hunting for two years.

Prosecutors say Zerbe in 2009 helped a friend from Michigan shoot a bull moose with antlers just more than 42 inches wide in the Ferry Trail Management Area.

Prosecutors say Zerbe had a cabin in the area and knew that moose had to have antlers at least 50 inches wide to be harvested.

Also, the moose had only three brow tines on each side and needed to have four.

Prosecutors say Zerbe shipped the illegally harvested moose antlers to Michigan, which violated the Lacey Act.