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Local men charged with illegal hunting

RUTLAND - U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers and investigators recently assisted Vermont state game wardens with investigating an illegally taken doe on Green Mountain National Forest lands near Rochester.

As a result of the investigation, Howard Papineau, age 74, of Rutland Town, and James Beane, age 41, of Proctor, were summoned to appear in Windsor County Court on charges of illegally taking an antlerless deer Nov. 26 during the Vermont rifle deer season in which only legally antlered deer may be taken.

The illegal taking of fish and wildlife can have a significant impact on future populations. Fish and wildlife law violations on National Forest lands also trigger the federal anti-poaching law known as the Lacey Act and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement routinely works with state game wardens and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents to pursue Lacey Act violations in federal court when appropriate.

"Hunting is a traditional activity on the national forest and most people who pursue game on public lands do so lawfully," said Meg Mitchell Green Mountain National Forest supervisor. "I would encourage anyone with information concerning the illegal taking of fish and wildlife on and around national forest lands to contact their local game warden or forest service law enforcement officer immediately."

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