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A hunter was fined $2,000 and banned from hunting big game in the state for five years after he pleaded guilty to shooting a moose.

Edgar Terry Jr., 38, admitted killing a bull moose with rifle on Nov. 8 in Washington County. His hearing was held Friday in Dresden Town Court, about 60 miles north of Albany.

State law prohibits the hunting of moose, which are rarely found in New York.

Three other men who were with Terry, including Terry's father, were fined $250 each for possessing illegal game.

Other hunters had contacted the state Department of Environmental Conservation after seeing Terry in the woods with the 1-year-old moose's antlers, department spokesman Gary Sheffer said.

There are about 60 moose in upstate New York, and in the history of the state six have been shot and killed, Sheffer said.

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