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Hunters charged with killing moose in Denali park

Casey Grove

Four Southcentral Alaska men face misdemeanor charges in federal court that they killed two bull moose inside Denali National Park and Preserve in September 2012.

Anchorage residents Charlie Hart, 55, and Deric Hart, 33, join Wasilla resident James Riggs, 58, and Homer resident Michael Barth, 29, as defendants in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The four are charged with one count each of the unlawful take of wildlife in a national park and one count each of violating the Lacey Act, a federal law prohibiting the trafficking of illegally taken wildlife.

Riggs was also indicted for allegedly having an unregistered silencer on a .22-caliber pistol found in his home during the investigation, federal prosecutors said.

According to the charges, the two moose were killed inside park boundaries in the Kantishna Region sometime between Sept. 3 and Sept. 8, 2012, and transported to Anchorage.

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