Thursday, November 13, 2014

DEC Seeks Killer of Newcomb Moose Calf

MooseThe state Department of Environmental Conservation is trying to figure out who shot and killed a young moose in Newcomb recently.

The DEC received the report of the dead moose on Tahawus Road in Newcomb on Saturday, November 1, from a caretaker at the Santanoni Club, a hunting, fishing and recreation club located nearby.

A necropsy later found that the animal was “killed by a shotgun slug or muzzle-loading bullet fired through its chest,” DEC spokesman Dave Winchell told Adirondack Almanack.

The necropsy didn’t find any evidence that it was hit by a car or had other serious wounds, Winchell said.

Winchell said the female moose was 244 pounds. Its size indicates it was born this past spring.

Hunting moose is not legal in New York State. Killing a moose is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and a year in jail.

DEC estimates the moose population in New York state to be between six hundred and one thousand.

Rumors of the moose killing have been circulating in Newcomb in recent days. Town Supervisor George Canon speculated that it was shot by someone from outside the region.

“It had to be somebody that wasn’t a native because even if they shot one by accident, they would never leave it in the woods,” Canon said. “It was left to rot. That’s not something a native or an Adirondack native guy would do. They’d take it out of there. That’s my own opinion.”

Tahawus Road, where the moose was found, connects Route 28N to the Upper Works trailhead, a popular gateway to the High Peaks and Henderson Lake.

The last reported moose killing occurred off Owls Head Road in the town of Keene in October 2008. Two men were charged in that case. Keene resident Burton Smith was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,000 for killing the animal. Kelley Reyell of Ausable Forks, who helped him butcher it, was fined $1,000.

DEC environmental conservation officers are investigating this most recent incident. Anyone with information should call DEC’s dispatcher in Ray Brook at 518-897-1300.

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A wild moose.

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Mike Lynch

Mike Lynch is a staff writer and photographer for the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer, the regional bimonthly news magazine with a focus on outdoor recreation and environmental issues.

Mike’s favorite outdoor activities include paddling, hiking, fishing and backcountry skiing. In 2011, he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail from Old Forge to Fort Kent, Maine.

From 2007 until 2014, Mike worked as an outdoors writer and photographer for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake.

Mike welcomes story ideas and can be reached at mike@adirondackexplorer.org.




8 Responses

  1. James Racquet says:

    If its a local, someone will find out and they can prosecute the person or persons who did this. If its someone from outside the area it will take some good detective work and or loose lips to solve the issue hopefully they can catch the perpetrators. The moose belong in the adirondacks!

  2. DAWN FREEMAN says:

    AGAIN WE SEE ANOTHER ANIMAL SLAUGHTERED NOT FOR MEAT OR SURVIVAL…BUT FOR FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT. I AM A VEGAN AND DO NOT CONDONE HUNTING …BUT THIS IS MORE THAN CRUEL AND SENSELESS. I HOPE THAT THE PERSON AND/OR PERSONS ARE CAUGHT AND PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

  3. Werner says:

    Vegans eat all the animals food

  4. Jim S. says:

    I hope it was a mistake by some idiot who mistook it for a deer. By the way, I am a vegetarian who approves of hunting. It’s the best way to get Republicans to care about the natural world.(just joking)

    • Dan Ladd says:

      As someone who has hunted both moose and deer, believe me, you can tell the difference. Since this was found on a public road one has to assume it was road hunters, who we in the hunting community highly condemn. Also, at the time this took place only antlered deer were legal.

  5. Tom Vawter says:

    Sometimes I wished I weren’t an atheist. Hell would be a good,sentence for these losers. How about a reward to loosen some lips.

  6. Terry says:

    I’ve lived in the Adirondacks for over 65 years, and I’ve never seen a moose here! This is a VERY sad story! Let’s find out who committed this crime!

  7. M.P. Heller says:

    Vegans, Vegetarians, and Athiests, now there is some Adirondack diversity for ya!

    Kids could be responsible for this crime. Sometimes they haven’t been taught any better. No matter who is responsible, justice needs to be served in this case.