Environment
5:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Wanted: Berlin Moose Poacher

Moose have been hit hard by rising tick populations, so Fish and Game are especially concerned about poachers this year
Moose have been hit hard by rising tick populations, so Fish and Game are especially concerned about poachers this year
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New Hampshire Fish and Game is working to catch Moose poachers in Northern New Hampshire. But earlier this fall, the department worked to catch two Canadians poaching over the US – Canadian Border.

Fish and Game officials are seeking tips from the public about who shot a moose last week off of Kilkenny Loop Road in Berlin. Conservation officer Geoff Youngblood says the moose sustained multiple gunshot wounds, and tracks in the snow show the shooter finished the job at point black range, and then walked away, taking no meat.

Youngblood: Everything about this is illegal.

But while no arrests have been made in that case, it was a different story this October. Using tracking dogs and collaborating with Wardens from Quebec, Fish and Game caught two Canadian poachers who had shot two moose on the U.S. side of the border in Pittsburg.

Youngblood says, Moose populations have been down this year – to somewhere between 4,500 and 5,000 moose – making careful control of moose hunters, all the more important.

Youngblood: That’s why we’re out there

New Hampshire’s Moose hunt lasts for eight days, in the third week of October.