6 charged with wildlife violations

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Six Vermont men face charges for allegedly taking deer illegally in three separate cases earlier this month.

The first case took place Dec. 1 in Milton. Vermont State game wardens say they staked out near a fawn that was shot out of season from a car but not retrieved. Three hours later, they say Andrew Duprey, 23, and Thomas Parah, 23, both of St. Albans, retrieved the deer and were caught. They also turned in Francis Cross, 67, of St. Albans, for shooting the deer. All three face fines and jail time in addition to other penalties.

On Dec. 2, authorities say John Russell, 47, of St. Albans, led wardens on a high-speed chase after he shot a muzzleloader out his window at a decoy. He faces up to $4,500 in fines and up to seven years in prison.

And on Dec. 5, wardens responded to a tip of someone spotlighting deer in Westford. After finding blood and deer hair in the car of Stephen Daily, 62, of Westford, they obtained a search warrant for the home of Kevin Daily, 66. Inside they say they found a deer carcass. Both men face fines and jail time in addition to other penalties.