Skip to comments.Eight charged in Point Hope caribou slaughter
Posted on 03/17/2009 2:49:39 PM PDT by Species8472
Eight people have been charged with indiscriminately gunning down dozens of caribou on the Arctic tundra near Point Hope last summer, sorting through the carcasses and salvaging meat from only the most pristine animals, according to documents filed in Kotzebue Monday.
Court records describe an opportunistic hunt, with groups of young adults out collecting bird eggs or hunting over the Fourth of July weekend opening fire with .17- and .243-caliber rifles when crossing paths with animals from the massive Western Arctic Caribou Herd.
More than 100 animals were apparently killed. But Alaska Wildlife Troopers traversing the 40-mile Suicide Trail about 25 miles east of town found 25 distinct kill sites in which the meat from at least 37 caribou had been left to rot, with some calves still trying to suckle milk from the decomposing cows.
The number of wasted animals may actually have been higher, but evidence from bones and remains documented on the tundra weeks later was inconclusive.
None of the excuses was good enough, according to troopers, who at one point called the killings "by far the worst case of blatant waste" they had ever seen.
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This makes me sick.
how long until the left, somehow, in their own demented way, blame this on Sarah?
Wow, what a waste. Apparently the elders don’t tell stories of starving children in Ethiopia. Waste not, want not.
Light caliber for caribou.
agreed..reminds me of the scene in Dances With Wolves where they come across all the slaughtered bison, killed strictly for their tongues..
The discovery and a subsequent lack of cooperation from community elders launched an eight-month investigation, replete with phone taps, undercover operations and examination of Pepsi cans left in the area.
Charged with wanton waste, failure to salvage meat, or both are Point Hope residents Lazarus C. Killigvuk, 25; Randy John Oktollik, 26; Roy Oktollik, 18; Brett Oktollik, 20; Koomalook M. Stone, 18; Chester W. Koonuk, 29; Aqquilluk Hank, 30; and Roy A. Miller, 20.
Troopers first learned about the slaughter from an anonymous tip and, after verifying the death toll in late July, approached village officials in the community of 700 people about 330 miles southwest of Barrow. Instead of cooperation, however, troopers got stonewalled.
Many leaders in the Inupiat Eskimo village were skeptical of the reports, saying details of the killings had been exaggerated and that troopers were handling the case unprofessionally.
Yep, this is worth remembering and bookmarking. Thanks for posting.
It’s a waste, but it won’t upset the entire planetary ecosystem as some eco nuts will soon claim.
True. However, the book should still be thrown at these little bastards. That, or give them an out by enlisting in the US Army with immediate deployment to Afghanistan upon completion of training.
Phone taps and undercover operations for killing caribou.
The caribou might have benefited from the cover provided by a giant pipeline. If the libs are really “Pro-Caribou and I Vote” like their bumperstickers proclaim, they should be launching a national campaign to vote out the elders. Or, find a way to blame Governor Palin- whichever is more politically correct...
No fooling, especially that .17, not something I would use in Alaska.
its what happens when you put native people on welfare...turns them from noble savages into friggin SLOBS.
I have done a lot of hunting in Canada and it never failed to amaze me that the Indians were the biggest poachers around.
When one was bragging about all the deer he spotlighted, we asked him if he had any regrets breaking the law and he summed up this attitude by saying “F____ the law”
Wrong wrong wrong!
Giving hunters a bad name!
You ONLY KILL WHAT YOU EAT OR FEEL THREATENED BY. Ever!
Maybe for a Lemming.
There are so many things wrong with this, from using low caliber rifles to killing with no intention of eating. Jail time.
Until total anarchy reigns, yep, phone taps and undercover operations for killing caribou by the dozens.
Look up “Buffalo Jumps”
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