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Public help leads to charges in Warrick Co. poaching case

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Indiana Conservation Officers have filed several misdemeanor hunting related charges in Warrick County on Donald Kenny II, 28, from Newburgh, for the illegal taking of a button buck albino deer.

Authorities say according to the investigation, on November 17, shortly after 6:00 PM, CST, residents in the area of Eble and Pigeon Valley Roads, in southeast Warrick County, saw an individual, later identified as Kenny II, exit a pickup truck and shoot at an albino deer that had been illuminated by the pickup's headlights.  The witnesses immediately contacted Warrick County Dispatch and Conservation Officers responded to the area.  The officers searched the area for some time, but nothing was found.

Per wildlife biological fact, which Indiana's wildlife laws are based on, albino deer can be harvested.  DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife Operations Staff Specialist Linnea Petercheff states, "Albino deer are rare, but not completely uncommon.  The albino characteristic is simply indicative of the recessive genes with this coloration.  Albino animals exist and are seen periodically, most often in squirrels and raccoons.  

Officials say the initial incident violated state hunting laws by shooting from a public roadway, shooting after legal deer hunting hours, and using an artificial light to take a deer.  This particular albino deer had been a common site in the community.  Some Hoosiers have expressed their opinions to Conservation Officers that taking albino deer should be illegal.

Authorities say around 10:30 that evening, the same vehicle returned to the area.  Kenny II had returned, along with a male and female companion, to look for the deer.  Local witnesses again called the Warrick Co Dispatch.  Local resident witnesses then detained the male companion and the vehicle while waiting for law enforcement to arrive.  A Warrick County Deputy arrived and procured further information and evidence for the investigation.

The next day, Conservation Officers continued the investigation.  The wounded deer was found and had to be destroyed.  Officials say with the ensuing investigation, assistance from the witnesses and the Warrick County Sheriff's Office, the necessary evidence was gathered to warrant charges filed with the Warrick County Prosecutor's Office.    

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