Hunter enters plea in caribou-killing case

May 16, 2013 -- 9:00am


- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 41-year-old Wasilla man has been fined $1,000 for a 2011 hunting violation along the Sheenjek River. Wildlife Troopers say Michael Jennings was one of four hunters who killed 18 caribou but salvaged only 200 pounds of meat. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Jennings in a deal with prosecutors pleaded guilty to a single count of removing antlers before salvaging all the edible meat. He will be prohibited from hunting through May 10, 2014. Prosecutors dismissed 12 other charges. State and federal wildlife investigators say Jennings gave varied explanations for not recovering the meat. He told investigators one carcass smelled bad and he suspected it was diseased. He said another caribou was shot but walked away.

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