Officials say man kept 2 deer as pets inside West Virginia home

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  — Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer in captivity at his home for at least a year.

State Division of Natural Resources officer Joshua Addesa says authorities discovered the two white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man’s home July 4 after receiving a public tip.

Addesa says the deer had a supply of hay available to them inside the home. But Ronnie Chapman denied the deer lived at his home, saying they could come and go as they pleased.

WSAZ-TV  reports that Chapman paid a $300 fine Tuesday in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

Addesa says officers set the deer free but because the animals were domesticated, they may be considered for relocation.

In West Virginia, illegal possession of wildlife is a misdemeanor.

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  • Joe

    Wait a minute, this guy’s in trouble for helping out a deer yet the DNR agent has a mounted deer behind him?!?!? Talk about hypocrisy!! That DNR agent must be a democrat – lol.

  • concernedforkids

    Wow! So this big crime is news??? Not! I think it’s just the hunters having a fit that 2 deers won’t be putting out progeny for them to shoot at. I think WV has bigger crimes than this .