30 Days for Importing Illegally-Harvested Moose Antlers & Hide
A 57-year-old Plaster Rock man was fined was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 30 days in prison for importing illegally-taken moose antlers and a moose hide. Daniel F. Dyer pled guilty on May 17, 2018.
According to court records:
On September 28, 2013, Dyer, a Canadian outfitter and guide, arranged for Richard Eaton, a West Virginia resident, to unlawfully harvest a moose in New Brunswick using a license issued to a New Brunswick resident. Dyer later brought the hide and antlers of the moose through Maine. Dyer delivered the hide to a taxidermist in Pennsylvania and the antlers to Eaton in West Virginia. In 2014, Eaton was convicted in federal court of receiving the illegally-taken moose.
Judge Levy said Dyer’s cover up was as bad, or worse, as the crime itself. The Jude found that Dyer had obstructed justice by instructing Eaton to falsely claim that another Canadian guide had shot the moose.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada (New Brunswick).