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Moose Calf Killed in Seward Yard, Animal Cruelty and Wanton Waste Charges Filed

Moose. Photo: Veronika Ronkos

By Allison Sayer for Seward City News –

Warning: The following story contains details of animal cruelty and suffering. It is not appropriate for all readers.

On the afternoon of February 15, Seward Wildlife Troopers responded to a call that a bull moose calf was bleeding in a residential yard on 6th Avenue in Seward. Troopers arrived at the scene. However, they could not get close to the calf because its mother was defending it. After the calf finally died, troopers persuaded the mother to leave.  

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Upon investigating the dead moose calf, the troopers determined the moose had been stabbed with an arrow. The arrow penetrated its rib cage and part of its gut. The Alaska State Trooper Dispatch Report stated “[the suspect] failed to attempt to salvage the moose as required, and allowed the moose to die a slow prolonged 9 hour death.” The Dispatch Report also noted moose were not in season in the Game Management Unit 7, where the incident took place. 

The troopers obtained a search warrant for the residence adjoining the yard where the animal was found. Seward Police assisted in the search and subsequent arrest. Once inside the residence, troopers contacted a suspect, Jordan Norman Getz, 33. The evidence they found inside implicated Getz in the killing. Furthermore, Getz possessed a stolen gun. Getz was booked in the Seward City Jail and will be arraigned in the Seward District Court.

The charges against Getz include: Taking a Moose in Closed Season, Wanton Waste, Cruelty to Animals, and Theft in the 2d degree (for the gun). Theft in the 2d degree is a felony. The charge of Wanton Waste refers to Getz’s failure to salvage any part of the moose after fatally wounding it. A conviction for Wanton Waste results in a mandatory jail sentence of at least 7 days in addition to a fine of at least $2,500. Animal Cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor in Alaska. Class A misdemeanors carry a fine up to $10,000 in addition to a jail sentence up to 1 year.  

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