Oh, deer. A West Virginia man had an unlikely pet in two deer that he has kept in captivity at his home.
I can’t say I blame him- I have often wished I could keep one of these graceful creatures for myself:
Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer in captivity at his home for at least a year.
State Division of Natural Resources officer Joshua Addesa says authorities discovered the two white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man’s home July 4 after receiving a public tip.
Addesa says the deer had a supply of hay available to them inside the home. But Ronnie Chapman denied the deer lived at his home, saying they could come and go as they pleased.
WSAZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1S8Gn15 ) reports that Chapman paid a $300 fine Tuesday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.
Addesa says officers set the deer free but because the animals were domesticated, they may be considered for relocation.
In West Virginia, illegal possession of wildlife is a misdemeanor.
Well, I wish these deer a safe, healthy life, where ever they end up. Perhaps this man has learned his lesson about keeping animals in captivity, no matter how badly we want to keep them as our own.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie, or email the author at [email protected]