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January 19, 2011

Two Men to Be Arraigned in Chelsea Deer Poaching Incident

Simon “Peter” Mears, 38 of Randolph and James P. Lumbra, 26 of Granville are to be arraigned in Orange District Court February 9th on three counts each of Taking Big Game by Illegal means.

The two men were charged after admitting to State Game Wardens they used a large flashlight and vehicle headlights to spotlight and shoot the deer.

Senior Warden Jason Batchelder received the initial call on December 11th when a Chelsea resident heard gun shots and called the State Police dispatcher. Senior Wardens Chris Connor and Keith Gallant arrived shortly thereafter and the three wardens recreated the shooting scene involving the taking of three deer and an attempted fourth.

Senior Warden Connor encountered Mears on his way to the scene as Mears attempted to recover two of the deer he had poached earlier in the night. Temperature samples taken from the dead deer combined with interviews with Mears and Lumbra revealed all the deer were taken before legal shooting hours.

If convicted, Mears and Lumbra could each face up to 60 days in jail for each count, forfeit all equipment used in the violations, and pay thousands in fines and restitution for the deer illegally taken. In addition, both men could lose their right to hunt, fish and trap in Vermont for three years.

You can report fish and wildlife law violations to a Vermont State Game Warden through a nearby State Police radio dispatcher, or by calling the Operation Game Thief phone number, 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378). Learn more about Operation Game Thief on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website (

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: January 19, 2011 16:15:40