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Deer killed on NC farm test negative for disease

Posted October 19, 2011
Updated October 20, 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.

— Wildlife officials say tissue samples from nine deer killed by North Carolina wildlife officers on a farm in Randolph County have tested negative for chronic wasting disease.

Seven fallow deer and two white-tailed deer were killed Sept. 20 in a pen on Wayne Kindley's farm. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers said the deer had to be killed so they could be tested for CWD, which he said can be done only on dead animals.

"Had these test results been positive, it would have presented significant biological, economical and sociological impacts throughout North Carolina," Myers said. "Captive deer of unknown origin pose a serious risk to the health of all deer within our state. We were very lucky in this situation."

The fatal and debilitating disease has been found in deer in 19 states, although not in North Carolina.

The Kindleys' attorney, Matthew Altamura, has said the search warrant didn't authorize wildlife officers to kill the deer and didn't mention chronic wasting disease. The warrant, he said, limited the officers to seizing and holding the animals until further order of the court.

Kindley said he kept the animals because the fallow deer shed antlers that he used to make chandeliers and lamps.

Wildlife officers said Kindley was warned about not having the proper permit to keep captive deer. He did apply but did not get the license, according to Altamura, who declined to elaborate.

Kindley has been charged with holding deer in captivity without the proper license, which is punishable by a $10 fine. He will have his case heard before a judge in Asheboro on Oct. 25.

Since the deer were shot, the Kindleys' neighbors and people they've never met have rallied to their cause. More than 7,000 people from at least 25 countries had signed a petition on the website change.org. Supporters also came to a meeting of the wildlife commission in Raleigh on Oct. 13 but weren't allowed to speak. They presented a petition with 2,000 names.


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  • wolfpack41 Oct 24, 2011

    How many of you have ever driven across a bridge and said 'I've driven over a lot of bridges and I think they built this one wrong!" Unless you are a civil or structural engineer, you probably have no clue as to why a bridge is constructed and maintained a certain way.

    I am venturing a guess that almost no one commenting here has a background in wildlife management. The NCWRC hires biologists with a master's degree (at least six years of college work) and several have Ph. D's. Most of their staff are accredited through their professional society. In other words, they aren't a bunch of ignorant, reckless state employees who don't care. In fact, without biologists, there would be few if any deer, turkey, bear, fox, etc. In other words, they are working for the resource, not against it. It's also a fact that they didn't come up with these policies out of thin air. Other states have implemented similar policies.

  • wral mods blow close my account Oct 21, 2011

    "According to the two studies that can be found online CWD is not transferable to fallow deer. Please check out this study also. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21719844"

    That is NOT want the findings state. It suggests "a species barrier or other form of resistance preventing fallow deer infection by the CWD agent or delaying progression of the disease in this species".

    That means they may be carriers that never get full blown CWD. More study is needed.

  • quaten Oct 20, 2011

    The article doesn't mention it, but why does the animal have to be dead to test for the disease?

  • mfarmer1 Oct 20, 2011

    some people in the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission may have CWD.

  • somewhere33 Oct 20, 2011

    Those wild life officers should be fired .They are heartless human beings.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 20, 2011

    and for those of you feeding the deer please stop. give these animals a chance to get away from hunters during deer season you are letting them think that man will not hurt them yes i like to eat venison but hunting is a sport and when you tame deer you take the sport out of it

  • donnawakeforest Oct 20, 2011

    According to the two studies that can be found online CWD is not transferable to fallow deer.
    Please check out this study also.

  • donnawakeforest Oct 20, 2011

    My understanding from earlier news is the man had kept the deer for 14 years, and they were like family pets.
    On a side note, Wildlife Officers have more authority than the FBI; they can enter your home w/o a warrent to check your food supply for wild game.

  • paulpamelasnyder Oct 20, 2011

    no matter what those deer did not deserve to die. If he was taking care of them I see no reason to ever even cease them unless he was abusing or neglecting them. All he had to pay was A TEN DOLLAR FINE!!! REALLY?? So why did they go in with shotguns for deer to begin with??
    Now the other day in Ohio..that's when deadly force against animals is warranted! Big game running around my neighborhood well I love animals as much as anyone but NO WAY I want big cats and bears running around! The had reason to kill them AFTER they tried tranquilizing...they did not even try that here!I say all the people involved need to be held accountable!

  • woodsman12169 Oct 20, 2011

    no one seems to point out he also had white tail deer in captivity. if he harvested their horns and sold them he is breaking a federal law in trading wildlife....