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Rescue injured baby deer, go to jail

  1. Jan 31, 2013 #1

    Evo

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    This had better not go to court.

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    http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blog...me-saving-130022946--abc-news-topstories.html
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2013 #2
    I agree it's a tragic waste of time. Let's focus on the real bad guys!
     
  4. Jan 31, 2013 #3

    micromass

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    Never violate the prime directive!
     
  5. Jan 31, 2013 #4

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    WT...
     
  6. Jan 31, 2013 #5

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    So it's OK for a police officer to break the law for two years, just because he feels like it?

    But the whole story doesn't make any sense from a UK point of view - the right thing to do over here would be rescue the deer from any immediate danger, and hand it over to the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to be looked after professionally, not by a well-meaning amateur.
     
  7. Jan 31, 2013 #6

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    It's an old story here.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2007/09/18/bambi-vs-the-bureaucrats.html

     
  8. Jan 31, 2013 #7

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    They're prosecuting these nice people for saving a wounded deer? Funny here I was thinking good deeds were above the law...silly me.
     
  9. Jan 31, 2013 #8
    I just think it's bizarre that somebody would rescue a wounded deer instead of just putting it out of its misery. Where I'm from, deer are looked upon like giant, tasty rats.
     
  10. Feb 1, 2013 #9

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    I guess I kind of assumed that shooting injured wildlife - deer especially - would be part of police officer training.

    Still, not something worthy of an arrest: just fine him.
     
  11. Feb 1, 2013 #10

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  12. Feb 1, 2013 #11
    You would think this would be a waste of police time what with sex-offenders and murderers running around.
     
  13. Feb 1, 2013 #12

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    It's weird that you know that YouTube has "a bunch" of these videos.
     
  14. Feb 1, 2013 #13
    Wow, I didn't know that the Department of Natural Resources went after sex-offenders. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Feb 1, 2013 #14

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    Why? Have you never been on YouTube? Once you look at one video of something, a bunch more similar ones pop up in the side pane next to the video.
     
  16. Feb 1, 2013 #15
    Guess I should pay more attention next time. This is shaping up to be a weird day as I've had to save face on more than one occasion, when I'm usually pretty good at fact-gathering and "knowing my stuff" before I talk about something. Still, my main point that it is a waste of time holds true, in my opinion.
     
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  17. Feb 1, 2013 #16

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    It's ridiculous to spend tax payer money on pursuing these people through court just because they ticked off the DNR guy when the deer managed to escape the day it was scheduled to die. That's what it all comes down to. If they had let the guy kill the little deer, it would have been over.

    Kudos to these people.
     
  18. Feb 1, 2013 #17

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    The Maine Wildlife Service (called Fish and Game at the time) was well-aware of the activities of an elderly couple in the Greenville area. They had fed over-wintering deer outside, then on their porch, and then in their house, where the deer could warm up while eating their lunch. No charges, no fines. One of my closest friends was the chief of the Maine Warden Service, and while he was not a fan of feeding herds of deer in cold weather, he could not have had the heart to deprive these old folks of something that pleased them so.
     
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