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Looks like no good deed goes unpunished in Indiana, where a couple that worked long and hard to nurse an ailing deer back to health are now facing charges for – get this - illegal possession of a deer:

Jeff Counceller, a police officer in the eastern Indiana city of Connersville, found the deer in 2010 curled up on a front porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds. He and his wife, Jennifer, kept the deer in an enclosure on their 17-acre farm and named her Dani, The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/XP6JIL ).

Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources told the Councellers to return the ailing deer to the wild, but they took it home and nursed it back to health. The couple were charged earlier this month with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Jeff Counceller said returning it to the wild at the time “would have been a death sentence.” The family told the Star they intended to return the deer to the wild once it was strong enough to survive on its own.

The Councellers tried to find a home for the deer at animal rescue operations, petting zoos and deer farms, but no one would take her. They say they didn’t know it was illegal to keep the deer.

The deer vanished last summer on the day when the DNR planned to euthanize the animal after the couple’s request for a rescue permit was denied.

It “vanished,” did it? If this means what I think it means, way to go, Officer and Mrs. Counceller.

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» 21 Comments

  1. Carlos The Jackal

    January 29th, 2013

    They didn’t get into trouble for saving a deer, they got in trouble for telling over-reaching authority to piss off.

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  2. Jerry Manderin

    January 29th, 2013

    I HATE frivilous regulators!

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  3. Cruisin' Cat

    January 29th, 2013

    What is the reasoning behind such a law to begin with?
    Was it made to prevent Illinois muslims from molesting the wildlife? That is clearly not the case here…

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  4. Poonces

    January 29th, 2013

    Obviously common sense and compassion are not among the natural resources of employees in the Department of Natural Resources in Indiana.

    In Texas they say “Bless their hearts” in situations where they really want to say what a fookin’ nimrod.

    Bless their hearts.

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  5. Sarthurk

    January 29th, 2013

    Trust me, this is not new, and it’s not an issue, unless the bleeding hearts propagandize you…most of the time. Sometimes the story leaves out the part where it’s a chronic issue of well intentioned folks who don’t realize that what they’re doing, and has deleterious effects in many ways, and yet they do it anyway after repeated attempts to instruct to leave wildlife alone. And on top of that, it leads to major costs for gumt folks to deal with as well.
    And, on top of that, cops are not immune to ignorance of the law, are they?
    I think the story is about a 9 on the BS meter. JMO. I don’t normally say these sorts of things here. So please don’t flame me too much.

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  6. bubba

    January 29th, 2013

    bubba says good on them.

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  7. bubba

    January 29th, 2013

    bubba further says that if this kinda crap was around at the founding of our country, that our country would have never survived.

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  8. GW Bear

    January 29th, 2013

    And to think, I used to like visiting Indiana. I didn’t realize they were such asswipes.

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  9. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 29th, 2013

    When store shelves are bare, the Administration doesn’t want folks harvesting deer to keep from starving to death.

    Did anyone check to see if those maggots were part of the caravan heading for the White House and the next Prexy-fly photo op?

    :evil:

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  10. Dan Ryan Galt

    January 29th, 2013

    “The deer vanished last summer on the day when the DNR planned to euthanize the animal”…just like the guns and ammunition will vanish on the day they plan to confiscate them.

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  11. Eric

    January 29th, 2013

    Wild animals are wild and should be left alone to live and die that way(hunting rules asside). Domesticating any wild animal is inviting nothing but misery.

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  12. bubba

    January 29th, 2013

    bubba says to eric, yeah, no point in helping one of God’s creations.

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  13. Annie P

    January 29th, 2013

    Reminds me of a couple years ago in Virginia when a little girl rescued a woodpecker and a fish and wildlife officer arrested her mother in Lowes for transporting said bird, which is illegal.

    Arrest some real criminals, and stop wasting time on this nonsense.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500202_162-20088063.html

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  14. Claudia

    January 29th, 2013

    I like bubba.

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  15. bubba

    January 29th, 2013

    bubba returns the sentiment to Claudia.

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  16. ? everything

    January 29th, 2013

    too many laws PERIOD, too many public sector asshats to enforce the too many laws…compliments of YOUR TAX DOLLARS. God bless those folk & bambi. I CANNOT stand to see any animal hurting, domestic or not, they are all God’s creatures. Personally I think their actions are a positive tote on God’s score card.

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  17. Eleanor in Hell

    January 30th, 2013

    Listen, peeps, take it from me…
    you have no more right to be alive than the birds or the woodland creatures. And where America is headed, you’ll wish you were one of them.

    Trust me. :evil:

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  18. Sarthurk

    January 30th, 2013

    Bubba, I get your point, and I’m guilty as hell too, (I got snake bit for empathy of one, for Gods sake)for one case, but it’s not worth it in the long run in any case. The story is too cheesy to believe anyway.

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  19. scr_north

    January 30th, 2013

    Going against the grain but the deer looked like a relative newborn and while we all watched Bambi and generally are of good heart the chances are this animal imprinted on the people and if it was simply released into the wild is probably dead now. It wouldn’t identify with other deer and wouldn’t join a herd and would be picked off by coyotes or for that matter a hunter when it wandered up to look for food. Having said all of that, the couple could also have educated themselves and gotten expert advice on what to do with this animal and did it right. Would hope they did.

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  20. Death_By_Farts

    January 30th, 2013

    GW bear,

    as a Hoosier, I take serious offense by being called an Asshat.

    Don’t judge us by the stupid actions of some liberal law enacted by liberals.

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  21. david

    January 30th, 2013

    That is crap. I hope one day those authorities need help as i am not a doctor ill gladly leave them aling on ths street. Stupid dumb asses.. these were kind people trying to save a life.

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