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Troopers investigate death during moose hunt in Southwest Alaska

  • Author: Jerzy Shedlock
  • Updated: September 15, 2017
  • Published September 15, 2017

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a woman during a moose hunt near Russian Mission on Wednesday night.

Troopers in St. Marys received a report shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday that Alakanuk resident Natalia Ayunerak was fatally shot the previous evening, according to a Friday dispatch.

The 40-year-old was "shot and killed" during the moose hunt about 30 miles up the Yukon River from Russian Mission, the dispatch says.

Everyone involved is cooperating with law enforcement, but troopers said the circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation.

Ayunerak's remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner Office for an autopsy.

Her home village is 15 miles from the Bering Sea in Southwest Alaska; its roughly 700 residents live on the banks of the lower Yukon. Russian Mission is a smaller village farther upriver.