Two charged: Decoy deer loses tail in sting
An Albemarle Sheriff's Office decoy deer had its tail shot off December 15 in an operation in which two people were arrested for alleged spotlighting and a third–- a pregnant juvenile–- may face charges.
"Can you imagine what they thought when that tail flew up in the air about 12 feet?" asks Sheriff Chip Harding, who observed the operation from about 75 feet away. He says the alleged shooter in the car's passenger seat used a 12-gauge shotgun to blast the fake Bambi.
The deer sting was in response to complaints from landowners in the Carter's Bridge area on Route 20 south, says Harding.
Richard Todd Besecker, 18, and Thomas Allen Bollinger, 29, racked up nine hunting violations along with marijuana possession and destruction of property charges. The pregnant juvenile, scheduled to give birth in about 10 days, was driving the car, says Harding.
"Embarrassment," says Harding, "is part of my pledge to prevent or deter people from engaging in this behavior."
As for the deer decoy, which also lost a battery pack to buckshot, "It's in the hospital right now," says Harding. "It'll be up and moving soon."