HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Officials say a West Virginia man had been keeping two deer in captivity at his home for at least a year.
Multiple media outlets report that Officer Joshua Addesa with the state Division of Natural Resources says authorities discovered the two white-tailed bucks when they visited the Cabell County man’s home on July 4 after receiving a tip from a concerned resident.
Addesa declined to identify the man because of an ongoing investigation.
Addesa says the two deer had a healthy supply of hay available inside the home. Addesa says officers set the deer free but because the animals were domesticated, they may be considered for relocation.
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In West Virginia, illegal possession of wildlife is a misdemeanor offense.