Woman charged with killing a moose to be polygraphed

A woman who has been charged with illegally hunting a moose (elk) will be subjected to a lie detector test. The case is to be reviewed on February 2016, the Kuldīga Regional Court told BNS on Monday. 

The polygraph test will likely be carried out in January. 

It is alleged that on the fateful day of February 5 last year, the woman in question, accompanied by her hunting dogs and bearing an as yet unidentified hunting rifle, arrived at the territory supervised by the Dienvidkurzeme Region State Forestry Service.

She did not have a hunting permit and hadn't received a hunting permission from the owner of the land. 

The woman, finding moose footprints in the forest, followed them and, upon discovering the moose, shot it dead, despite it being outside moose-hunting season.

After shooting the animal, the woman returned to her place of residence to get her horse, using which she then dragged the carcass back to her home. 

It has been established that the woman has caused losses of €5440.

The illegal hunting charges pressed against the woman can result in imprisonment of up to two years, or short-term imprisonment, or community service, or a fine.

Using a firearm without a permit can amount to three years of imprisonment, a short spell behind bars, community service or a fine. 

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