Hooper Bay men fined for wasting musk ox

by Angela Denning-Barnes on March 30, 2012

Two Hooper Bay men pled guilty to taking a musk ox in a closed area and then wasting the meat. Jimmy Rivers, age 26, pled guilty to one count of taking a Muskox in a closed area. Gregory Rivers Jr., age 28, pled guilty to one count of wanton waste of a Muskox.

The area near Hooper Bay is never open to musk ox hunting. In the Y-K Delta, there are open hunts on Nunivak and Nelson Islands only.

Wildlife Troopers say that there was a substantial amount of the meat that was not salvaged.

For taking Muskox in a closed season, Jimmy Rivers was fined $2,500 and $1,500 in restitution. The weapon used in the kill was forfeited.

For the wasting charge, Gregory Rivers Jr. was sentenced to serve a mandatory 7 days in jail and was fined $2,500 and $1,500 in restitution. His weapon had to be forfeited as well.

Charges on a third co-defendant were dropped.

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