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Deer Dehorning Scandal: Citizens raise a ruckus after police remove antlers of roadkilled buck

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February 03, 2006

Deer Dehorning Scandal: Citizens raise a ruckus after police remove antlers of roadkilled buck

By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

On Wednesday in Gainesville, Georgia, a nice 8-point buck lay dead along the side of the road when two police officers showed up, moved the deer off the pavement, sawed off it's antlers, and left. Several witnesses were reportedly horrified, probably assuming that the cops just wanted the rack as a trophy. The officers, however, claim they removed the rack to keep motorists from gawking and slowing traffic. Now the mayor has promised no more public dehornings. The question: Is this just much ado about nothing?
Check out these two reports on the story: Story 1, Story 2

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from argyle wrote 8 years 10 weeks ago

This is nothing new, I think in Utah anyone can do this. You have to get permission through the D.W.R. although it is in bad taste to do it right in front of a public roadway. In the Utah Capital there is a trophy mount that was a road kill on a government base. When it was called in, permission was given to keep the anlters but when the size of the rack was discovered the D.W.R. (then I think it was Fish and Game) took the deer and donated it to the State Capital.

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from argyle wrote 8 years 10 weeks ago

This is nothing new, I think in Utah anyone can do this. You have to get permission through the D.W.R. although it is in bad taste to do it right in front of a public roadway. In the Utah Capital there is a trophy mount that was a road kill on a government base. When it was called in, permission was given to keep the anlters but when the size of the rack was discovered the D.W.R. (then I think it was Fish and Game) took the deer and donated it to the State Capital.

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