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For Release: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hunters' Licenses Revoked and Restitution Ordered in Livingston County Horse Shooting

Under a Consent Order, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) revoked two individuals hunting licenses for three years and issued a monetary penalty after the hunters violated the state's Environmental Conservation Law, causing damage to the livestock of another while hunting, DEC announced today.

On the evening of January 24, coyote hunters shot two horses on Moore Rd. in the town of West Sparta, near the Nunda town line in Livingston County. One horse was killed; the other horse was treated by a veterinarian and is expected to make a full recovery. The two involved hunters Christian H. Smith, 48, of Phelps, Ontario County, and Glenn R. Gosson, 47, of Fairport, Monroe County, were licensed and had permission to hunt on the land where the incident occurred.

Since both hunters caused property damage, both will lose their hunting privileges for three years and have been ordered to pay restitution for the horses to include the value of the horse, burial fee and veterinarian bills. In addition, each hunter will pay a $200 penalty to the state. The Consent Orders were signed on February 12 and 15, 2015.

Many, if not all hunting-related shooting incidents are preventable if the shooter follow the primary rules of hunter safety including:

  • assume every firearm to be loaded;
  • control the firearm muzzle in a safe direction;
  • keep finger off the trigger until ready to fire;
  • identify your target and what lies beyond

For more information on sportsmen education and hunter safety guidelines, visit DEC's website.

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