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Alaskan Golf Course Worker Tries To Poison Bear, Kills Two Dogs Instead

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Alaskan golf course greenskeeper was sentenced to 30 days in jail after he attempted to poison brown bears that were allegedly roaming the greens.

Kevin Taranoff, 31, put out food laced with antifreeze at Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka in October, wildlife troopers said.

Taranoff said he wanted to kill brown bears that were tearing up the greens, but two dogs ate the antifreeze treats instead. Both became ill and died.

Taranoff pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful methods to take game.

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 suspended. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay restitution.

He will remain on probation for two years.

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, Anchorage Daily News