On a private farm in Randolph County nine tame deer were shot and killed by North Carolina wildlife agents. No warning was given. One of the deer living on Wayne Kinley’s property was recovering from injury, and the other was an abandoned fawn. The other seven were exotic European deer.
It has been reported the reason indicated for killing the deer was the possibility they could have chronic wasting disease. However, this disease reportedly has never been found in North Carolina’s deer population.
Kinley was completely surprised by the sudden shooting, “I sat and actually watched them shoot the deer. I saw them shoot one deer and I just put my head down on the back of a truck and about went to my knees. I just about went limp.” (Source: Blueridgenow.com)
Nine agents and officer vehicles were on his property for the incident, which is exactly the same number of deer put down. Did they need an official for each deer?
The executive director for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission said, “Euthanasia was required because the origin of these deer could not be verified and because continuous containment within one facility could not be assured.” (Source: Blueridgenow.com)
Kinley’s attorney said the search warrant used during the raid, didn’t mention chronic wasting disease or killing all the deer. It only provided for capturing them.
A woman who raised one of the deer said, “I did not raise her up for months to be thrown away like a piece of trash and tested for a disease we don’t even have.” (Source: myfox8.com)
Image Credit: USDA photo by Scott Bauer