"Don't come at my daughter saying lock her away. Wow. If my daughter gets fined, I'll pay it and move on. So be it."
The story of 14-year-old Abby Wilson, who mistakenly shot a protected elk while hunting deer Nov. 11 in Boone County, Missouri, has gone off the rails. And according to her father, Don White, she's now facing harsh criticism and online bullying.
On Nov. 13, We broke the unusual story in which Wilson shot an elk with her .243-caliber rifle while hunting with her father. The closest elk herd in the state, located at the Peck Ranch Conservation Area, is 200 miles from where the pair were hunting. Upon realizing the mistake, White immediately called conservation officers.
Some new developments have surfaced since we published our original article, including the fact that Abby's father was nearby when the single shot was fired, but not present. This means the 14-year-old youngster solely made the misidentification.
The story also went viral across social media, drawing a number of negative opinions.
"There's no sense in it, people doing that," White told USA Today. "Don't come at my daughter saying lock her away. Wow. If my daughter gets fined, I'll pay it and move on. So be it. We'll deal with it."
He also asked conservation officials if they could return the antlers, cape and meat to his daughter once testing is completed and the investigation is complete. Officials denied that request Monday, saying they can donate the meat to the needy if it passes the CWD test.
As of Nov. 15, wildlife officials have not yet determined whether they would issue citations or warnings and the investigation is still ongoing.
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