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article imageKentucky man accused by police of deer slaying spree

By Steven Z.K. Nickels     Feb 2, 2010 in Environment
Kentucky wildlife officials say they arrested a man at his Livingston county residence after raiding his property and finding the remains of 34 illegally killed deer and two wild turkeys.
David Ray, 32, of Smithland, is charged with 36 counts of illegally taking deer or wild turkey, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife (KDFW). His arrest came after wildlife officers, acting on a tip, raided his property in Livingston county, Kentucky, on January 26.
Livingston County is in western Kentucky, along the Mississippi River, and near Paducah.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers executed a search warrant on Ray's property after receiving a tip from a "concerned citizen." While searching the property, they discovered and seized 34 deer heads and two complete wild turkeys. Officials say that all appeared to have been killed sometime in 2009.
Twenty-four of the deer heads were still in velvet (immature deer), the KDFW says . Eighteen of the heads were found in a freezer in an outbuilding. The remaining heads were in the residence and in the back of a truck. The two turkeys were in another freezer.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Sergeant Bill Snow says it took several trucks to remove all of the deer heads from the property. Sergeant Snow said after the arrest, “I don’t understand why anyone would think they need to kill every buck they see in the velvet."
Ray will be arraigned on the 36 charges in front of a district court judge on February 11. The penalty for each count could be up to $1,000 in fines, one year in jail, or both, loss of hunting privileges for up to three years and forfeiture of hunting equipment. He could also be ordered to pay the replacement cost of the animals, which is $753 for each deer and $563 for each wild turkey.
He was previously convicted of illegal hunting in 1995, according to the KDFW, and in that case, was fined $500, forfeited hunting equipment and lost his hunting privileges for one year.
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