June 21, 2018
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Franklin woman accused of illegally shooting moose

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

EASTBROOK, Maine — A Franklin woman has been summoned on a charge of illegally shooting a moose on Saturday evening, according to officials.

Veronica Verburgt, 37, is accused of shooting a cow moose when her permit was only for taking an antlered moose, according to Sgt. Ralph Hosford of Maine Warden Service.

The shooting came to the attention of law enforcement when the Hancock County alcohol enforcement team, made up of area police officers, received a report of an underage drinking party in Osborn. Responding officers did not find the gathering, but they did hear shots fired in the woods, Hosford said Monday.

Police investigated and found a hunting party with a dead moose, Hosford said.

According to the warden sergeant, Verbugt had shot at a group of moose in neighboring Eastbrook around 6 p.m. but had shot and wounded a cow. The injured moose ran off and the hunting party tracked it, catching up with it about two hours later. Verbugt allegedly shot the moose again to finish it off, Hosford said. Officers with the underage drinking task force heard the fatal shots around 8:30 p.m. as they were trying to find the supposed drinking party.

Verbugt is accused of initially shooting the moose before nightfall on Saturday, and so was not charged with night hunting, Hosford said. The moose hunting season in wildlife management district 28, which includes Eastbrook, ended at dusk on Saturday.

Hosford said Verbugt has been cooperative with wardens investigating the case. Regardless of whether Verbugt meant to shoot the cow or a nearby bull, her permit did not allow her to shoot the cow, he said. She has been summoned on a charge of killing an antlerless moose on a bull-only permit.

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