AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has brought charges against four men after a four-month investigation into illegal hunting in Maine and Pennsylvania.
Officials said Tuesday they uncovered more than 100 violations in Maine after reports of two men exceeding the kill limit for deer last summer. Eventually the investigation expanded to Pennsylvania, where hundreds more violations were alleged in October and December in Armenia Township.
Wardens identified the four as 31-year-old Everett Tyler Leonard, 19-year-old Carlton “John” Enos, 59-year-old E.H. “Lenny” Leonard and 27-year-old Jason Clifford, all of Turner.
During the execution of the warrants, game wardens reportedly seized firearms, deer meat, antlers, bows, arrows, ammunition, a hawk, owls, a computer, documents and other hunting-related equipment, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
There was no indication whether they would retain lawyers at Androscoggin County Jail, where two of them were briefly detained.
Everett Tyler Leonard was charged with night hunting, illuminating wildlife, shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle, and hunting deer after killing one.
Lenny Leonard was charged with two counts of unlawful trafficking of schedule W drugs, two counts of criminal trespass, and two counts of unlawfully driving deer.
John Enos was charged with hunting deer in closed season, possessing an antlerless deer, false registration of deer, trapping without a license, two counts of hunting deer after killing one, two counts of criminal trespass, two counts of unlawfully driving deer, and illegal transportation of deer.
Jason Clifford was charged with two counts of hunting deer after killing one, possession of antlerless deer, possession of an unregistered deer, two counts of criminal trespass, two counts of hunting without proper orange, two counts of unlawfully driving deer, and hunting antlerless deer.
Maine Warden Service Capt. Dan Scott said that many additional violations were detected and additional charges are likely to follow in both Maine and Pennsylvania.