A miner in the Healy area is offering an ounce of gold for information leading to the conviction of the person who shot and left a bull moose to rot near Ferry in early September, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The moose was found by a hunter approximately six miles up Ferry Trail in Game Management Unit 20A, east of the Parks Highway.
In addition to the ounce of gold, valued at $1,600, the Alaska Fish and Wildlife Safeguard program is offering a minimum reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party or parties.
The bull had a 45-inch antler spread, with two brow tines on one side and three on the other. It would have been legal to shoot for a hunter with an any-bull tag. However, for hunters with standard tags, only bulls with at least four brow tines on one side or antler spreads of at least 50 inches are legal game in that area.
A hunter who found the moose reported it to Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Cantwell.
Trooper Jimmy Ellison said he went to Ferry to talk to the hunter. The mine owner happened to be there and offered the ounce of gold to help catch the poacher.