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For Release: Friday, June 14, 2013

Roxbury Man Charged with Bear Poaching

On June 6, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police charged George W. Wyble (66) of Roxbury, Delaware County, with shooting across a public highway and killing a black bear during a closed season on May 26. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Mr. Wyble admitted firing his rifle at an 85-pound black bear he saw walking across the street from his residence. After he fired, the bear ran into the woods and disappeared. DEC police worked with the Roxbury Town Constable to investigate the incident and discovered that the town Highway Department had picked up a bear near the Wyble residence that was believed to have been struck by a vehicle and killed. The bear was retrieved and sent to DEC's wildlife pathology lab in Albany County where a necropsy determined that the bear was killed by a single gunshot.

The case is pending prosecution in the Roxbury Town court. If convicted, Mr. Wyble could face up to a $2,000 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail for each count.

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