5 men charged in Vermont deer poaching spree

Posted Nov. 23, 2011, at 4:39 p.m.

BRISTOL, Vt. — Vermont authorities say five men charged in a deer poaching spree used a spotlight to stun the animals along roadsides, then shot at them from a pickup truck.

Vermont State Game Wardens say the the spree started the evening of Oct. 22 and continued into the next morning, with 11 separate incidents in Lincoln, Ripton and Bristol. The men are accused of killing four deer, and authorities say more animals may have been injured.

As part of the investigation, authorities have seized meat from illegal deer, several deer hides, three rifles and the head of a 7-point buck.

Steven Clark, Israel Clark and Collin Bell of Bristol; Adam Josey of Richmond; and Dana Lathrop of Florida will be arraigned Jan. 23.