The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has said it is asking a prosecutor to drop charges against a couple who nursed an injured baby deer back to health. The case, dubbed "Bambigate", has sparked an internet backlash after an Indianapolis man set up a Facebook page in support of the couple that had attracted more than 38,000 supporters by Friday.
Jeff and Jennifer Councellor have been charged with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer - punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500 - after finding a wounded fawn in 2010 and taking care of it on their 17-acre farm. The Councellors found the deer on a neighbour's doorstep suffering from maggot-infested puncture wounds. They named it Dani and kept it in a fenced enclosure while it healed.
Mr Councellor, a police officer, said he and his wife did not know it was illegal to keep the deer and that releasing it into the wild would have guaranteed its death. The couple eventually applied for a rescue permit, but were denied. Dani reportedly vanished in 2012 the day the DNR had planned to put it down.
Only two comments:
- Great timing
- Bad government