This photo shows an Alaska State Trooper patrol vehicle (Juneau Empire File)

This photo shows an Alaska State Trooper patrol vehicle (Juneau Empire File)

Troopers: Man killed raven, consumed its tongue

No arrests or citations made at this time, but investigation is underway.

An investigation is ongoing, Alaska State Troopers say, after a man killed a raven and cut out the bird’s tongue, proceeding to eat it.

Juneau Police Department and Alaska State Troopers responded to the incident at 2:21 p.m. Monday in the 8700 block of Teal Street. According to Alaska State Troopers Communications Director Austin McDaniel, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to the incident and determined that the man had killed the raven after it bit him while he was holding it. The man then ate the tongue of the deceased raven and disposed of its body, which was later recovered by JPD and AST, according to troopers.

McDaniel said in an email that the investigation is still ongoing and while no arrests have been made or citations issued at this time, charges may occur as the investigation develops. The man’s name was not released due to the lack of charges.

Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act killing, capturing, selling, trading and transporting protected bird species —including ravens —is illegal. Penalties for people who violate the act include a fine of up to $5,000 and six months imprisonment for misdemeanor offense and fines of up to $250,000 or imprisonment of up to two years for felony offenses, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at

More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Jan. 22

David Holmes digs through a pile of boardgames during Platypus Gaming’s two-day mini-con over the weekend at Douglas Public Library and Sunday at Mendenhall Public Library. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Good times keep rolling with Platypus Gaming

Two-day mini-con held at Juneau Public Library.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau man indicted on child pornography charges

A Juneau man was indicted Thursday on charges of possessing or accessing… Continue reading

Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire 
Juneau’s municipal and state legislative members, their staff, and city lobbyists gather in the Assembly chambers Thursday meeting for an overview of how the Alaska State Legislature and politicians in Washington, D.C., are affecting local issues.
Local leaders, lawmakers and lobbyists discuss political plans for coming year

Morning meeting looks at local impact of state, national political climates.

This photo shows pills police say were seized after a suspicious package was searched. (Juneau Police Department)
Police: 1,000 fentanyl pills, 86 grams of meth seized

Juneau man arrested on felony charges.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Captain Anne Wilcock recieves the Emery Valentine Leadership Award at the 2022 CCFR awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 14. (Courtesy Photo / CCFR)
CCFR honors responders during annual banquet

Capital City Fire/Rescue hosted its 2022 awards banquet earlier this month as… Continue reading

A resident and his dog walk past the taped off portion of the Basin Road Trestle after it suffered damaged from a rockslide earlier this week. The trestle is open to pedestrians, but will remain closed to vehicular traffic until structural repairs are made, according to city officials. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)
Rocky road: Basin Road Trestle open to pedestrians, remains closed to vehicles

City officials say repairs are currently being assessed after damaging rockfall

Most Read