Two New Hampshire men plead guilty in illegal killing of moose

Concord, N.H. (AP) — Two Moultonborough, N.H., men have pleaded
guilty to a variety of charges in the illegal killing of a moose
last fall.

The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game says 21-year-old
Joseph Townsend and 25-year-old Richard McNeil were not experienced
hunters and neither had a hunting license. They say Townsend shot
the moose in Sandwich on Oct. 21, 2008, and the two men later
returned to cut and butcher it.

Last week, the two pleaded guilty in Southern Carroll County
District Court. McNeil was ordered to pay fines totaling $1,200.
Townsend was fined $180 for hunting without a license and $1,200
for taking without a license. He also was ordered to pay an
additional $1,000 to the Fish and Game Department.

Moose hunting in New Hampshire is available by permit only. A
total of 515 moose licenses are issued through a lottery
system.

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