PHILLIPS — A 60-year-old man faces a felony charge after being accused of pointing a shotgun at another man who was hunting for coyotes Wednesday morning.

A group of five men were hunting near Bray Hill Road when, they said, Mark Cosenza confronted them on the side of the road around noon, Franklin County Sheriff’s Lt. Nile Yeaton said.

The hunters told deputies that Cosenza, who lives off Bray Hill Road, threatened them with a shotgun. He pointed the shotgun at one of the men, told the group to stop hunting in the area and left the scene, Yeaton said.

Yeaton did not know details about the hunters, saying they had dogs with them and had been hunting with firearms in the woods. Hunting is allowed on much of the land in the area, which Yeaton described as heavily wooded with a few private homes.

The hunters’ alleged confrontation with Cosenza took place shortly after another man who lives on Bray Hill Road asked the hunters to leave his private property, which they did, Yeaton said.

Maine Warden Service officials are looking into whether or not the hunters were on private property, he said.

Sheriff’s deputies and Maine game wardens responded to the confrontation, after the hunters called 911 to report the incident. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cosenza at his home and seized a shotgun they believe was used in the confrontation, Yeaton said.

Cosenza was charged with criminal threatening with a firearm. He was taken to Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington, where he was waiting for his bail conditions to be set, Yeaton said Wednesday afternoon.

 

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