MOUNT VERNON — A court date of Nov. 12 has been set for the case of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Divison of Wildlife, vs. Carol Deyo in Mount Vernon Municipal Court. Deyo is being charged on two counts of harboring wild animals, specifically deer and raccoons.
ODNR is charging Deyo with illegal possession of two whitetail deer and four raccoons and is saying they want the animals destroyed. Deyo is applying for an education permit through ODNR which, if approved, would allow her to keep the animals on her property for educational instruction purposes.
“ODNR isn’t saying much of anything,” said Deyo, who has been unable to receive any correspondence from them recently. “They’re kind of like sticking it off on our county. They said it’s up to the judge to make a ruling.”
In recent correspondence with ODNR, communications director Bethany McCorkle told the News that Ohio law does not permit people to remove wild animals from the wild and keep them. Her advice to anyone who locates an injured animal is to “leave it alone and notify ODNR Division of Wildlife or a local law enforcement office.”
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