FRANKLIN — A Saranac man was arrested on several counts for killing a moose here, a Department of Environmental Conservation press release says.

Following a month-long investigation, Environmental Conservation Officers charged Zachary Vaughn, 26, with the taking of a moose, possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, use of an artificial light in a vehicle while in possession of a firearm and hunting deer with the aid of an artificial light, all misdemeanors, as well as several other violations.

He is scheduled to appear in Franklin Town Court on Dec. 19 with a potential maximum penalty of $9,725 in fines and up to one year of imprisonment, the release said.

There were an estimated 400 moose in the Adirondack Region as of 2016, according to the DEC’s website.

“They’re protected in the entire state of New York, so there is no hunting season for moose,” DEC Press Contact Jomo Miller said.

 According to the DEC, the last moose killing investigated in the North Country was in November 2014 in the Town of Newcomb. No Arrests were made in that case. 

A killing in October 2008 in the Town of Keene led to the arrest of two men: one from Keene and one from AuSable Forks.

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