Iditarod musher penalized for improperly gutting moose after killing animal when it attacked dogs


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Legendary musher Dallas Seavey needed to kill a moose when the animal attacked his dogs during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, but it ended up costing him some time during the event.

Seavey was penalized for failing to properly gut the moose he killed, officials announced Wednesday.

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Dallas Seavey, Iditarod champion waves at the start of an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Fairbanks, Alaska, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Ellamarie Quimby, File)

Race marshal William Palfrey’s three-person panel of officials investigated the circumstances surrounding the death of the moose. If a musher kills an animal on the trail, like a moose or caribou, in self-defense or property during the race, the musher is required to guy the animal and report it to officials at the next checkpoint.

The panel determined that Seavey spent about 10 minutes at the kill site and then mushed his dogs about 11 miles before camping out on a three-hour layover. He left the camp site at 5:55 a.m. local time and arrived at the next checkpoint at 8 a.m., when Seavey reported the kill.

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Dallas Seavey in 2024

Five-time champion Dallas Seavey of Talkeetna, Alaska, wearing bib No. 7, takes an auction winner in his sled 11 miles over the streets of Anchorage, Alaska, during the Saturday, March 2, 2024, ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

“It fell on my sled; it was sprawled on the trail,” Seavey told Iditarod Insider TV at the checkpoint. “I gutted it the best I could, but it was ugly.”

Seavey implored race officials to get the moose off the trail during his interview. Race officials, though, determined “the animal was not sufficiently gutted by the musher.” Officials said Seavey was required to get out the intestines and other internal organs. The moose was later retrieved and the animal’s meat was salvaged and processed.

Officials said a two-hour penalty would be added to Seavey’s mandatory 24-hour layover.

Dallas Seavey in 2016

Dallas Seavey talks to officials after finishing the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, March 15, 2016, in Nome, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

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Seavey was leading the Iditarod race on Wednesday. He was the first musher to leave the checkpoint in the town of Ophir after only staying for about 15 minutes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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