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Alaskan faces prison for feeding cabbage to moose

It’s not legal to feed wild game in Alaska, even on your own property and even with your own vegetables.

After getting a tip that illegal moose-feeding was going on, Alaska state troopers were dispatched to the property of 67-year old Samuel Becker. Troopers witnessed Becker feeding cabbage and other vegetables to the moose, and they issued him a summons. The crime? Intentionally feeding game — a misdemeanor charge. Becker will appear in court on Feb. 3rd. He faces a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a year in jail.

A Police spokesperson told local reporters that the fine and jail time are intended to dissuade folks from feeding the wild animals, which can desensitize them to people and endanger people who come into contact with them.

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