Saturday, October 13, 2007
By JASON LADAY
COMMERCIAL TWP. -- New Jersey State Troopers Friday morning arrested
a man attempting to kill someone else's pet deer with a bow and arrow at
the intersection of Steep Run Road and Highland Avenue, in Haleyville.
According to troopers at the Port Norris State Police barracks, the
man saw the deer while driving, exited his car and began "wildly
launching arrows" from the road.
He struck a telephone pole before eventually hitting and wounding the
Donald Weber, 30, of Laurel Lake, was charged with damage to public
property while hunting, discharging a weapon in a careless manner,
hunting within 450 feet of an occupied dwelling and hunting with the aid
of a motor vehicle.
He also faces violations from the New Jersey Division of Fish and
The incident began when a pet Fallow Deer, named Mike, escaped from
its pen several days ago, according to state police.
The deer was witnessed several times in the area, and even on the
front lawn of the Port Norris police barracks on Thursday. However,
state police personnel were unable to detain the animal.
At 10 a.m. the next day, Weber saw the deer along the road near the
brush by the Comcast building, and began firing arrows, according to the
Representatives from Cumberland County Animal Control and state Fish
and Game responded to the scene along with state troopers.
Assessing the deer's injuries and taking the advice of Mike's family
veterinarian, Fish and Game officials decided to euthanized the deer.
During questioning, Weber reportedly told state troopers he saw a
He faces fines in excess of $10,000, according to state police.
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