Charges dropped over illegal deer
Posted November 17, 2011
Asheboro, N.C. — The Randolph County District Attorney's Office on Thursday dropped charges against a man whose nine penned deer were killed by wildlife officers.
Clifton Wayne Kindley had been charged with holding deer in captivity without a license. He was to appear in court Thursday morning on the charge, which carries a $10 fine.
The killing of the seven fallow and two white-tailed deer Sept. 20 stirred international outrage on the web, where more than 22,000 people have signed a petition protesting the shootings.
Officials with the state Wildlife Resources Commission said Kindley didn't have a license to keep captive deer and noted that the deer had to be killed so they could be tested for chronic wasting disease. No disease was found in the animals.
They said Kindley had been aware of the state regulations since 2003.
"Our actions in this matter, although unpopular, were directed towards safeguarding North Carolina’s wildlife resources,” Gordon Myers, executive director of the Wildlife Resources Commission, said in a statement. “Mr. Kindley’s actions created a lose-lose scenario, putting statewide wildlife populations at risk. We simply cannot gamble with our wildlife.”