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MySpace Teen Poacher Cited
Here’s an important lesson for anyone who uses those Internet social-networking sites
like MySpace: be careful what you say or post online—especially if you’re a
game law violator!
Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recently tracked down a teenager who illegally killed three deer on one day--including two spotted fawns--and then posted the photo of the deer on his networking Web page.
After receiving a tip about the photo posted on the Web site on Dec. 1, DWF agents initiated an investigation and questioned Christopher Bearden, 17 of Olla, La. Officers say the teen admitted shooting all three deer on opening day of gun season. He was issued citations for two counts of taking spotted fawns and possessing over the daily limit of deer.
Under Louisiana regulations, taking or possessing a spotted fawn carries a fine between $500 to $750, and possible jail time between 15 to 30 days for each count. Possessing over the limit of deer is punishable by a fine between $250 to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.
The DWF reports that Bearden will also have to pay restitution on the three deer, valued at $1,573.62.