New York State Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) charged a Saranac, Clinton County, man with numerous counts related to killing a moose in the town of Franklin, Franklin County, following a month-long DEC investigation.
On December 4, 2019, ECOs charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, with four misdemeanors: taking of a moose; possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle; use of an artificial light in a vehicle while in possession of firearm; and hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light.
He also was charged with three additional violations not identified in an announcement sent to the press. Vaughn is scheduled to appear before the Town of Franklin Criminal Court on December 19th. He faces a maximum penalty of $9,725 in fines and up to one year imprisonment.
In the fall of 2014, two moose were killed by hunters in separate incidents in the Adirondacks.
Steven Zehr of Walpole, New Hampshire, turned himself in after shooting a moose on private land, saying he mistook the much larger animal for a whitetail deer. He paid a $125 fine, despite having already filled his deer hunting limit before taking aim at the moose.
The shooter of a moose calf killed with a shotgun or muzzleloader just weeks before in Newcomb, remains unknown.
Photo of a moose in the Adirondacks by John Warren.