Moose case ends in guilty verdict
Staff Report | August 06,2006
GUILDHALL — An Essex County jury has convicted three men of illegally hunting moose by the use of portable two-way radios.
John Glodgett, 43, of Barton, his brother, William Glodgett, 51, of Brownington, and David Valley, 58, of Barton, were each fined $252 and assessed five points against their hunting and fishing licenses after the jury found them guilty of the offense following a one-day trial.
The trio had denied the charge and requested a jury trial.
"The number of permits is limited and the hunting season is strictly regulated to ensure that no more than the authorized number of moose are taken during a season," said Essex County State's Attorney Vince Illuzzi, who prosecuted the cases.
Moose have no natural predators. They are not as inclined to run away as do other wildlife, like deer.
In 1994, 65 percent of moose permit holders were successful. In a previous year, the success rate was 78 percent.
"Although fish and wildlife violations are considered by some to be relatively minor, these cases must be prosecuted to maintain the integrity of the state's moose management plan," Illuzzi said. The plan was first adopted in 1992.
Moose hunting in Vermont is regulated by a special license and is limited to specific areas with specific number of licenses for the areas annually determined. The most permits are issued in Essex County, which comprises the state's most rural area.
The license allows a party up to two hunters, each permitted to carry a gun, and a guide, who may not carry a gun.
"The use of portable two-way radios is prohibited and the two in the hunting party with guns must be within speaking distance as a way to prevent each from shooting a moose," Illuzzi said. "Shooting two moose would be a waste of resources because only one can be legally taken and presumably, one can reasonably presume that the smaller of the two would be left behind in the woods."
Game wardens Sean Fowler and Stephen Majeski were on patrol in the Granby and Maidstone area on Oct. 19, 2005, monitoring two-way radio traffic when they heard two people, later determined to be John Glodgett and William Glodgett, talking on the radio.
By listening to the conversations, the wardens were able to determine where the Glodgetts were located.
After finding and separately interviewing the Glodgetts and Valley, the wardens concluded that John Glodgett had shot at and believed he had wounded a moose the afternoon before. The hunters were unable to locate it by dusk.
When the hunting party returned the following day to resume the search, they spread out and used portable transceivers to facilitate location of what the hunters claimed was a wounded moose, which the jury found was a violation of the fish and wildlife regulation.
"The wardens did a great job pulling the information together to enable the case to be prosecuted," Illuzzi said.
Portable radio transceivers may be used once the animal is taken into possession by the permit holder.
The regulation that will govern the 2006 moose season further restricts the use of two-way radios to after the moose is "legally tagged."
William Glodgett was also given a civil ticket for failing to have his hunting license with him.
A separate criminal charge against John Glodgett for failing to immediately tag the moose once it was taken into his possession was dismissed by the court.