February 13, 2007 - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two men face federal charges of harassing deer with an aircraft in
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
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
attorney's office. The prosecution also seeks the forfeiture of the
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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