Alaska man charged with killing & wasting polar bear

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An Alaska man is facing a serious charge for allegedly shooting and killing a polar bear and letting the harvestable remains to go to waste.

In a press release from U.S. Attorney's office, the alleged crime happened between December 20, 2018, and May 22, 2019.

Charging documents say 35-year-old Christopher L. Gordon of Kaktovik, Alaska allegedly left butchered whale meat outside in the front yard of his home for a long period of time, which attracted a polar bear and other animals to his front yard.

Gordon then allegedly shot and killed the polar bear because it was trying to eat the improperly stored whale meat.

The release states the shooting was not done in self-defense.

Then from December to May, the dead polar bear allegedly lied in his front yard until a snow removal vehicle hit the bear’s carcass, ripping off one of its legs.

The release states that on May 22, 2019, Gordon caused the polar bear carcass to be discarded and burned in the Kaktovik dump without using any of its parts for subsistence purposes.

If convicted, Gordon faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

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