AUGUSTA, Maine — Reid Caron, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway assistant park ranger who pleaded guilty in February to night hunting and was sentenced, has resigned from his position.
“Mr. Caron has voluntarily resigned from employment with the department effective this week,” Jeanne Curran, Maine Department of Conservation director of public information, confirmed Thursday.
Caron, 30, and Jess Mcbreairty, 44, both of Allagash, were each initially charged with night hunting and hunting moose in closed season after an investigation was launched by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The investigation centered on a moose that had been shot and killed Sept. 7 on St. Francis Road in Township 15 Range 10.
According to court records, Caron and Mcbreairty went hunting for moose during the night of Sept. 7 and Mcbreairty allegedly shot the moose discovered by wardens. Caron allegedly told authorities that he and Mcbreairty were preparing to dress out the moose when a motorist came by, prompting them to flee from the scene. Caron, who had been a ranger in the wilderness waterway for about seven years, allegedly told authorities he was having “a hard time getting by,” so the pair went to get some moose meat.
Caron was sentenced to three days in jail and was fined $1,000. A charge of hunting moose in closed season was dismissed.
The charges against Mcbreairty have been transferred to Caribou Superior Court for trial, a Caribou court official said Thursday.