STONEHAM – A heated dispute over a hunting dog has been turned over to the Oxford County District Attorney’s office for possible charges, according to the Maine Warden Service.

District Warden Steve Allarie said the dispute started after Robert Macklin of Stoneham found the wandering bear hunting dog while walking his own dog near the White Mountain National Forest along Hut Road.

Not knowing who the dog belonged to, Macklin tied it up to a tree, Allarie said.

Then two bear hunters, Craig Jordan of Westbrook and Registered Maine Guide Barry Bunten, came along claiming to know the dog’s owner.

Macklin told authorities he thought the men were trying to steal the dog, so he locked it inside a gate, Allarie said.

The argument became heated, and “words were exchanged,” Allarie said. The Warden Service and two Oxford County sheriff’s deputies responded to the incident. The initial call was made around 4:30 p.m.

The lost hunting dog is now back with its rightful owner, Allarie said, and the incident remains under investigation.

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