A porch camera may have caught poachers in the act.
Poachers illegally targeting deer at night in a residential Louisville neighborhood may have been caught red-handed by a property owner’s surveillance camera.
Louisville resident Rebecca Brown confronted two men who were circling her neighborhood at 9:30 at night and later found footage that seems to show them illegally pursuing the deer in the neighborhood, WDRB.com reports.
Residents of the neighborhood had already been suspicious someone had been poaching deer at night with archery gear when they found arrows and deer with arrows in them in the area.
When she confronted them, their story didn’t add up. “I asked them what they are doing, and they said collecting the deer they hit,” Brown told the news station.
Luckily, Brown took photos of the man and the license plate on their vehicle and turned them over to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. But Brown found more in surveillance footage taken from her porch. A deer that appears to be injured runs across the picture and then the men’s truck is seen slowing down, allegedly watching the animal.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer Cristian Casper told the station at least four deer have been illegally shot in the neighborhood. Right now it is possible the unnamed suspects could face misdemeanor charges. Casper has only just started his investigation however.
Video evidence seems to be a rare thing in poaching cases, hopefully it’ll bring some closure to the neighborhood’s poaching problems.
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