AR-News: (US) Deer Lady declines plea bargain option
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Thu Dec 4 22:12:33 EST 2003
[from Cheektowaga Times]
Anita Depczynski, the so-called "Deer Lady" who faces four separate
charges on violations connected to New York States temporary ban on
feeding deer, declined an offer to drop two charges in exchange for a
guilty plea on the other two counts.
Depczynski declined the offer Tuesday in Town Court and will face a
non-jury trial on January 13 at 11:30 a.m.
The charges include three violations of the feeding ban and a violation of
a May conditional discharge.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the
temporary ban in October 2002 in an attempt to prevent chronic wasting
disease, a neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease, from striking
deer in New York State.
The disease has struck deer herds in the United States upper midwest and
Canada. The disease has not been detected in New York. It is believed that
the disease is spread deer-to-deer and officials say that feeding the
animals encourages them to stay close to the food source.
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