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Mar 18, 2016 2:52 PM

Police chief found guilty of illegally baiting deer

The Associated Press

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A southern Maine police chief has been found guilty of illegal deer baiting.

Piscataquis County jurors on Thursday convicted South Berwick Police Chief Dana Lajoie of placing salt or food in a place to lure deer and hunting from an observation stand overlooking the bait. A judge imposed $900 in fines.

WLBZ-TV reports that a game warden had received a tip last October saying someone was poaching deer in Brownville. Authorities say the warden searched an ATV trail near Lajoie's home and found different locations with piles of apples. It's illegal to bait deer during open hunting season.

Lajoie represented himself in court and claimed he didn't place bait around his property.

Town Manager Perry Ellsworth says he's not sure if Lajoie will be disciplined by the town.

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