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Vermont Won’t Charge Warden’s Wife In Moose Shooting

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Vermont Won’t Charge Warden’s Wife In Moose Shooting

Do you think if she wasn’t the Warden’s wife she wouldn’t be charged with a crime?

The wife of a decorated Vermont game warden will not be charged with a crime for allegedly shooting a moose illegally, a prosecutor said Monday.

Kim Eckhardt, of Landgrove, who is the wife of Fish and Wildlife Warden Greg Eckhardt, was hunting with her husband and a guide Oct. 21 when she fatally shot a second moose on a hunting permit that allowed only one, said Louis Porter, the commissioner of the wildlife department.

Porter said Kim Eckhardt apparently thought she was firing at the same moose her husband had shot less than a minute earlier, in hopes of keeping the animal from running off wounded. Her target turned out to be a second moose.

“My belief is that she thought she was shooting at the same moose,” the commissioner said.

Bennington County State’s Attorney Erica Marthage said in an email that “case reviews are not public. All I can say is that I have reviewed the case and there are no criminal charges forthcoming.”

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