A Portuguese man was cited and fined by a British Columbia court for hitting a swimming deer on the head with a gaff off the coast of Canada.
Rodolfo Lopes recently pleaded guilty in a British Columbia court to one count of harassing wildlife with a motor vehicle after conservation officials found out that he hit a swimming deer on the head with a gaff while on a boat off the British Columbia coast.
As punishment, the judge ordered Lopes to donate $5,000 to the Heritage Conservation Trust Fund. The conservation trust fund will allocate the money to conservation efforts in the Kitimat region.
Additionally, Lopes is also not allowed to approach wildlife in British Columbia for the next two years.
Apparently, Mr. Lopes and a few friends were returning from a fishing trip when they spotted the swimming deer. Lopes instructed the charter operator to bring the boat alongside the deer and then he proceeded to hit the deer on the head with a gaff and attempted to haul it on board.
He was unsuccessful in his efforts and the deer was able to escape, reach land, and then disappear into the woods. Not long after the incident, conservation officers in the area heard about the incident and arrested Lopes.
It is not clear why Lopes decided to hit the swimming deer on the head. According to his lawyer, the incident was “a naive impulse” by Lopes, who was trying to be macho in an unfamiliar setting.