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Charges dropped over illegal deer

Posted November 17, 2011

State wildlife officers killed seven fallow deer and two white-tailed deer on Sept. 20 in a pen on a Randolph County farm because the owner wasn't licensed to keep the animals.

— 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.”


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  • davidbh61255 Nov 21, 2011

    Bev must have appointed these guys.......SAVE MY TAX DOLLARS AND FIRE THESE PEOPLE.

  • Ambygirl Nov 17, 2011

    bowslinger70, I am not a college kid and I was outraged. I understand they have a job but they did not follow the warrant. I think that is where the outrage came from. And I would say the wildlife was protected if they were in an enclosed pen.

  • bowslinger70 Nov 17, 2011

    How about some of you College kids that were outraged by this---Find a way to test for CWD while the animal is alive. Problem solved !! ( Meanwhile the wildlife in N.C. must be protected)

  • ThePhwner Nov 17, 2011

    I'm more concerned about deer running free across highways than a guy who wants to keep them in a pen. It sounds like they were being cared for.

  • SmokeWagon Nov 17, 2011

    That's the government for ya...TOTAL authority and ZERO responsibility...health care anyone..????

  • Unslaved Nov 17, 2011

    To unslaved: Aren't you the very same person that posted on the Occupy Wall Street article stating that police horses should be "put down".....hmmmm so exactly which side of the fence are you on?

    I'm on the side of what is right. Animals used by the police are abused (horses are abused by being trained to hurt people) just as animals have been abused in this incident with the deer. So, any more questions? I don't put animals above people, btw. I am just pointing out what is wrong in this picture and what is wrong with using horses to stomp on people and HARM them.

    hmmmm so exactly which side of the fence are you on?

    Very touche. :D

  • wkelley Nov 17, 2011

    I know the Wildlife Officers have to be frustrated that this person and other keep breaking the law and the courts keeps dismissing the cases. This guy knew he broke the law and he knew he would get away with it because it not the first time he has done it.

  • oldnavychief Nov 17, 2011

    Sorry folks - must have read a different article than ya'll did - the article said he was aware of the regulations since 2003 - by inference he chose to ignore the regulations and by his actions doomed the deer to their fate - the chronic wasting disease could have had serious effect on our deer poulations and like rabies, as I understand it, requires the animal to be put down to test.

    I would lump this fellow with those that keep exotic animals and thumb their noses at health and safety to be able to say "look at my animals - I'm special" - most folks go "ooh" and "ahh" until someone gets seriously hurt then it's the wildlife folks getting the blame for not protecting us!

    I for one am really tired of folks using this forum to insult hard working folks that try to keep us safe and that includes wild life officers and law enforcement officers. GET A GRIP ON REALITY AND GET A LIFE!!!

  • hunter38 Nov 17, 2011

    No, your actions were horrific police brutality on the defenseless at it's zenith BECAUSE YOU CAN. No animal is safe in North Carolina, including man.

    To unslaved: Aren't you the very same person that posted on the Occupy Wall Street article stating that police horses should be "put down".....hmmmm so exactly which side of the fence are you on?

  • chinacats Nov 17, 2011

    Pure and simple animal cruelty, no matter who did it. A brutal waste of life!