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IA - Two men face federal charges of harassing deer with an aircraft in eastern Iowa

February 13, 2007 - ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two men face federal charges of harassing deer with an aircraft in eastern Iowa.

Harry Moeller, 59, of Buckingham, and Steven Risse, 59, of Dysart, initially were charged by the state after allegedly using powered parachutes in December 2004 to herd whitetail deer toward hunters on the ground in Benton County - a practice prohibited under state and federal law.

The case was passed to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for further review, and federal charges were filed last month.

If convicted, Moeller and Risse face up to one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, and up to one year of supervised release, according to the U.S.
attorney's office. The prosecution also seeks the forfeiture of the parachute planes.

The state charges, filed in early 2005, included illegal hunting and pursuing deer with an aircraft. It was not immediately clear Monday if the men were convicted on the state charges.

Moeller and Risse appeared in federal court Friday in Cedar Rapids and were released on bond. Their trial begins April 2.

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