Hunter fined for killing albino deer

January 28, 2009 4:37:11 AM PST
A hunter is facing a $2,300 fine for killing an albino deer considered a neighborhood pet in a rural central Pennsylvania community. Maple Grove residents say they watched out for the snow white deer with its pink eyes and hooves. And several say they saw 26-year-old Eric Crebs of Stillwater shoot the deer from his van.

The shooting occurred about 9 a.m. on Dec. 11, within sight of a half-dozen houses. One resident, Ray Tucker, says he followed the van and confronted Crebs.

Crebs acknowledged Wednesday that he killed the deer. He told District Judge Ola Stackhouse there were other deer nearby and he shot the albino accidentally.

In addition to the fine by Stackhouse, Pennsylvania Game Commission Officer George Wilcox says he will recommend that the commission revoke Crebs' hunting license for three years.

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Information from: Press Enterprise, http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com

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