Two individuals may face a four-year hunting ban worldwide as part of a plea deal currently being processed in the federal court of Anchorage. The ban would be a result of their unlawful hunting of a bull moose in Denali National Park and Preserve.
According to recently published documents, Christopher Brumwell and Andrew McDonald have both agreed to plead guilty to illegally transporting wildlife that was hunted in violation of federal law. The plea deal involves a single count for each of them.
Upon being witnessed killing a moose, Brumwell and McDonald provided false information regarding the location of the kill when questioned by park rangers. However, a third party had already seen their actions. The GPS device belonging to the pair revealed their true path and contained messages exchanged between them, revealing their premeditated plan.
The plea agreement has been signed by all parties involved and is currently awaiting approval by a magistrate judge.
Not only did they acknowledge to abstain from hunting or applying for a hunting permit globally for the next four years, but both individuals also consented to pay a $10,000 penalty to the “Denali National Park Foundation.” To add, they surrendered the weapons and some equipment utilized during the hunt.
There is no active Denali National Park Foundation listed in the public records of Alaska. Unfortunately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage was unable to provide any clarification regarding the donation’s destination as of Thursday.