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McGowan Cleared 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has

cleared Maine Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan of an

accusation that he used a plane to spot prey.

The agency’s law enforcement office said Friday it was closing

the investigation. Special Agent in Charge Thomas Healy says there

&quot:no credible evidence of wrongdoing.&quot:

McGowan says a disgruntled former state worker was the source of

an allegation that he broke the law by using his personal float

plane to help moose hunters last fall. The Airborne Hunting Act

prohibits using aircraft to hunt or harass wildlife.

McGowan says the Sept. 23 flight in his Cessna 180 was made on a

Sunday when hunting is prohibited in Maine. He says he was checking

out the fall foliage.