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Man charged in moose death

VERMONTVILLE — A Clinton County man has been charged with numerous counts related to the killing of a moose in the town of Franklin near Vermontville.

On Dec. 4, state Department of Environmental Conservation officers charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, of Saranac following a month-long DEC investigation into a shooting which occurred prior to Oct. 31, when the dead cow moose was discovered and reported.

Vaughn was charged 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 violations: hunting during closed hours; illegally taking wildlife in contravention to the state Environmental Conservation Law; and taking wildlife while in or on a motor vehicle.

Vaughn is scheduled to appear before the Town of Franklin Criminal Court on Dec.19, and faces a maximum penalty of $9,725 in fines and up to one year imprisonment.

DEC spokeswoman Marureen Wren said ECOs have not yet given a motive for the moose killing and more information will be available at the conclusion of an ongoing investigation.