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NH officers charge 2 Maine men with poaching baby eels

2:55 PM, May 3, 2013   |    comments
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Fish and Game officers have two men in custody and two buckets of baby eels as evidence of what they say is part of an eel-poaching operation believed to be driven by a worldwide shortage of eels.

 

Maine brothers, 35-year-old Justin Kinney, from Mount Vernon, and 29-year-old Matthew Kinney, of Bremen, are charged with taking eels without a harvest permit and taking glass eels less than six inches.

 

Matthew Kinney is also charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and disobeying a conservation officer. Officials say the younger Kinney fled with a handcuff fastened to one wrist - leading officers on a pursuit that involved canines and a helicopter before he was apprehended at a nearby hotel.

 

Both are due in court Monday.

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