Game Protector Joseph McHugh

Game Protector Joseph McHugh

Pennsylvania Game Commission, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 7, 1915

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Joseph McHugh

Game Protector Joseph McHugh was shot and killed while searching the woods for poachers in Carbon County.

The suspect in the case told the police that he had accidentally shot Game Protector McHugh while unloading his shotgun.

The suspect was charged with murder and the district attorney was seeking the death penalty. The suspect was found not guilty at trial.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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On May 25, 2015, a wreath will be placed by Game Commission Officers on the grave of this brave man. This year marks the 100 year since his death. If anyone knows of any family members, please let them know of this tribute.

John Denchak, Chief, Ret.
Pa. Game Commission

May 5, 2015

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