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Hey, I’m Grazing Here!

In the last few years, a crime wave has infiltrated New York City, N.Y. After the deer population exploded, residents started reporting dead deer — many with heads or antlers cut off as trophies by poachers. The problem was so common the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation appointed a three-officer team to hunt down poachers. After a year of investigation, the team and say they caught one with a bow, dressed in camouflage, behind a neighborhood playground. David Oakes, 47, of Staten Island, dubbed the “Urban Elmer Fudd”, became the first person in New York City’s history to be convicted of poaching. “When you’re poaching behind a playground,” a “source” told a reporter, “you’re not really taking public safety into consideration.” (MS/Staten Island Advance, WCBS New York) ...Wait until wabbit season starts.
Original Publication Date: 12 April 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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