The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is not the only state agency to come under fire for following sound, proven wildlife management practices. Now the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) is taking heat over euthanizing illegally kept deer.
On September 20, NCWRC employees killed seven fallow deer and two white-tailed deer being held in an unlicensed deer rehabilitation facility in Randolph County. In August they killed two fawns being held without a permit or rehabilitator’s license in Surry County.
The locals are pretty steamed. There’s a petition posted in the local grocery store, and one on-line.
The controversy was fed by conflicting reports of the exact method used to kill the deer: shotgun, rifle or bolt. Also, two “uniformed officials” demanded that the grocery store petitions be taken down. Although, that could have been anyone, including some Frito delivery guys.
The flames have been fanned by the local Fox News outfit, which has done several stories on the situation, including one, just to make it fair and balanced, with the Commission’s defense of the shootings.