A King Salmon man was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for killing a brown bear and trading its claws to an acquaintance to pay off a debt, troopers said Monday.
Kyle Anderson, 25, was cited for failing to report or salvage a brown bear taken in defense of life and property and for the illegal sale of bear claws, the Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch Monday.
The bear was killed legally in defense of life and property but Anderson didn't follow notification procedures such as salvaging the skull and hide with claws attached, troopers said.
He traded the bear's claws to a former co-worker to pay off a $200 debt, said AST spokeswoman Megan Peters.
"The trooper found out about (the trade) while interviewing the defendant about the dead bear," Peters wrote in an e-mail.
Selling or bartering any part of a brown bear except for a handicraft made of fur is illegal, she said.
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