International outrage has been sparked in the killing of 9 penned deer by North Carolina wildlife officers. Wayne and Linda Kindley live in Asheboro, North Carolina. They had 7 fallow deer, and when Wayne bought them was told he did not need a license for that type of deer. He also had a one-eyed whitetail deer that he kept because it could not survive on its own, and he had a fawn that had followed him home and wouldn't leave. All of these deer were killed when Kindley's property was served a warrant on September 20th. Kindley said he counted five game wardens' vehicles and four Randolph County sheriff's cars on his property. They shot and killed all the deer. Kindley said when they shot the first one, he just put his head down, almost dropped him to his knees.
Kindley used the fallow deers' sheds to make lamps and chandeliers, and the deer were not pets. In 2003 he had gone back and forth with the state trying to get a license to hold captive whitetailed deer, but gave up and never received the license.
More than 5,000 people from the United States and at least 25 other countries have signed an online petition on the change.org website protesting the killing of the deer. The petition reads in part: "Action must be taken in regards to the outrageous and needless killing of Wayne's Kindley's deer on Sept. 20th. We demand an investigation into the signing and authorizing of the warrant that ordered these deer shot.
Kindley has a court date on October 25th, where he faces a $10 charge for holding deer captive without a license. His lawyers state that the warrant did not authorize the shooting of the deer at all, that the warrant was only to capture the animals. There was concern of chronic wasting disease, and there is no living deer test. North Carolina has not had a case of CWD but Virginia has. From The Republic .