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Police: Waterbury man arrested for hunting coyotes without license in Mattatuck State Forest

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WATERBURY — State environmental police have arrested a convicted felon they say was illegally hunting for coyotes in a state forest.

Police responded to Mattatuck State Forest on Thursday morning after getting reports of a man entering the woods wearing camouflage and carrying a firearm.

When they found the man, they also discovered he was not wearing fluorescent orange as required by law.

The Waterbury man explained he just forgot to wear orange.

Police determined the man did not have a hunting license, and because he was a convicted felon, was not allowed to have a gun.

William Babin, 51, of East Main Street in Waterbury was arrested on charges including criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal small game hunting and hunting without a license.

Babin is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court Friday.