Plaster Rock Man Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegally Harvested Moose Antlers and Hide
A 57-year-old man from Plaster Rock, New Brunswick pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine to importing illegally-taken moose antlers and a hide.
According to court records, on September 28, 2013, Daniel 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. Authorities say Dyer later brought the hide and antlers of the moose across the border through Maine.
Dyer then 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.
United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank says Dyer faces up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence report by the U.S. Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada.