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Homer dogs injure moose; dogs' owner finishes off moose

A Homer man with three dogs previously reported as aggressive has been cited for letting them attack a moose last week. And the Alaska State Troopers are investigating whether the man's decision to then dispatch the moose with a gunshot was legal, reports the Homer Tribune.

At about 7:30 p.m., March 23, Homer police received a call reporting the moose had been shot, to put it out of its misery, after the dogs attacked it. The dogs were reported to Homer Animal Control for their aggressive behavior, said Police Chief Mark Robl. The owner was issued three citations, one for each dog.

It is not automatically OK for a resident to shoot a moose, either in defense of life and property or as a mercy killing, Robl said. The matter has been referred to the Alaska State Troopers for investigation.

Read more about the Kenai Peninsula's bad year for moose at the Homer Tribune: Moose don't mix with dogs, people