Feds Investigate 25 Walruses Killed On Alaska Coast

Posted: Sep 19 2015, 3:17pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Feds Investigate 25 Walruses Killed on Alaska Coast
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An official inquiry has begun in earnest into the shooting of more than two dozen walruses in Alaska.

A total of 25 walruses have been found brutally shot dead on the shoreline in Alaska. Their lifeless bodies were riddled with bullets and many of them had been decapitated. Less than half of them were mere pups.

The fact is walrus hunting is only legal for the indigenous population of Alaska. They need the meat and ivory, which go onto provide them with the necessities of daily life, but this is not so for the general public. This time around it seems to be the case that an environmental crime had been committed.

The horrific act was carried out off the Chuchki Sea on the Alaskan shore. They had been hunted for their ivory which is used to make precious trinkets. Photos of the dead walruses were taken by the concerned authorities.

While it is not certain whether this act was committed by native Alaskans or some foreign element, the scene is one that evokes horror and pity among animal lovers and conservationists alike.

The situation is definitely a mysterious and absurd one at present. What is not clear is whether there was a legitimate reason for slaughtering the walruses or it was just done for money.

As far as the bullets show, it was an outrageous violation of the local law of the land. The ivory can be taken by the tribal Eskimos and the same goes for the meat, according to Apex Tribune.

However, unnecessarily killing the poor helpless animals with greedy intentions is a surefire way of being labeled as poachers. Such waste and carnage is probably the product of some element of society that wants to exploit the walrus’s tusks for ivory.

Walrus skulls are also often used by taxidermists. The whole scheme reeks of the antics of head-hunters and those out for a fast buck via the sale of walrus tusks for ivory. A single tusk can fetch prices of $1800 or more in the market.

This is a lucrative deal indeed. After a while, the dead bodies of the walruses in this case were attacked by scavengers and polar bears. So the officials had to leave the scene and let Nature take its course.

Previous events bearing a similarity to the present one turned out to be deaths from natural causes, but this time around it appears that foul play was involved. Only time will tell who the real culprits were behind the destruction of these innocent animals of the Alaskan frontier.

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