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Vt. Lawmakers Reconsider Moose Pardon Measure

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A man whose Vermont game preserve is home to a celebrity moose says he'll fight if the state orders him to kill or move the moose and deer that call it home.

Doug Nelson told Vermont lawmakers Tuesday that he's invested millions in the captive hunting facility and that its animals are disease-free and belong to him. The preserve gained notoriety last year when wildlife officials said 700-pound Pete the Moose might have to be put down.

Vermont lawmakers agreed in May to spare the moose and let Nelson keep him and other animals as a special purpose herd. Now, they're reconsidering because they say Vermont's wild animals belong to the state, not to any one person.