Farmer Cited For Possessing Wild Fawns

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Enforcement agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited Marty A. Starks, 34, of Many, on July 27, in Sabine Parish for allegedly possessing spotted fawns illegally. Norman L. Hardy, 36, of Many, was also cited in the case for taking a spotted fawn.

Senior Agent Maury Leone and Agent B.J. Shoemaker issued the citations after responding to a complaint that Starks possessed two spotted fawns that had been allegedly taken from the wild. Starks possesses a Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry alternative livestock permit allowing him to farm pen-raised deer. Agents questioned Starks about the two spotted fawns, but he denied that they had been caught from the wild. He further stated that they had been born in his pen to one of his deer. Agents then questioned Hardy, who gave a written statement that he had caught a spotted fawn from the wild and had given it to Starks. When Starks was questioned again, he admitted that the two spotted fawns had been taken from the wild. Starks was cited for two counts and Hardy was cited for one count of taking and/or possessing spotted fawns. Starks was also issued a civil summons to pay restitution in the amount of $1,049.08 for the deer, which were seized. Lt. Jim Day assisted in the case.

The penalty for taking and/or possessing a spotted fawn is a fine of up to $750, up to 30 days in jail, or both.