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Conservation Officer Geoffrey Younglove
Region One Office, Lancaster, NH
603-788-4850 or 603-271-3361
December 3, 2012

Public's Help Sought in Finding Moose Poacher in Berlin, N.H.

Illegally shot moose in Berlin, NH

Conservation Officers are seeking information related to a moose illegally shot in Berlin, NH. Report tips at
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LANCASTER, N.H. – N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers are seeking help from the public in identifying suspect(s) in the case of a moose killed illegally in Berlin, N.H., and left to rot. 

On the evening of November 30, 2012, authorities from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department were alerted to the presence of a dead moose off Kilkenny Loop Road in the town of Berlin.  Arriving on scene, Conservation Officer Geoff Younglove discovered one of the most egregious cases of poaching that Conservation Officers have seen in the North Country this year. A mature cow moose lay in the woods approximately 30 yards from the road, having died from multiple gunshot wounds.  Tracks in the snow confirmed that an individual had walked up to the moose, fired a final shot into the animal’s head, and then simply walked away.  No meat had been removed from the animal.

Conservation Officers were able to recover evidence from the scene and are continuing a vigorous investigation into this incident.  As an integral part of the investigation, Conservation Officers are asking for the public’s help in generating leads and possibly identifying suspects.  Authorities believe that the moose was most likely shot either Wednesday, November 27, or Thursday, November 28.  Although evidence in the snow indicated that only one person had walked up to the moose, it is believed that multiple people may be involved with this incident.       

Anyone with information that may be relevant to this case is asked to call N.H. Fish and Game's Region 1 Office in Lancaster at 603-788-4850, N.H. Fish and Game Dispatch at 603-271-3361 or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-344-4262.  Online tips may also be received through the Operation Game Thief website,  Callers may choose to remain anonymous, and all information is welcomed.

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