Yahoo News - Associated Press
September 22, 2006
LINCOLN, Neb. - Chasing a herd of mule deer with a helicopter might seem
less than sporting, but it's also a violation of federal law.
Chasing a herd of mule deer with a helicopter might seem less than
sporting, but it's also a violation of federal law.
A South Dakota man was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation
for chopper-chasing a herd in a Nebraska national forest.
Troy Link, 34, pleaded guilty to airborne harassment of wildlife.
Witnesses say that in November 2004, they saw the helicopter flying
less than 100 feet above the ground, chasing the small herd in the
McKelvie National Forest southwest of Valentine.
Using any kind of aircraft to harass or disturb wildlife is a crime
punishable in federal court by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to
$100,000, according to the state attorney general's office.
During his probation, Link, of Huron, S. Dakota, is prohibited from
hunting or fishing, and must pay a $5,000 fine.
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