By: KDKA-TV News Staff
HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Five juveniles are facing charges in a deer-killing “crime spree” across northwestern Pennsylvania.READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Closing Rialto Street So Crews Can Repair Steps
The Pennsylvania Game Commission says the juveniles killed or attempted to kill 14 deer over the course of several months in Erie and Crawford counties.READ MORE: State Police Arrest 20-Year-Old Wanted For Arson, Domestic Assault
Officials say 11 full or partial deer carcasses have been found in connection with the illegal killings.
The Erie County Warden Michael Stutts was assisted by the Overt Special Investigations unit made up of OSI Lawrence Hergenroeder and K-9 Officer Storm. The pair helped recover evidence in the field and conduct interviews of the suspects.MORE NEWS: Carnegie Mellon University Reminding Students They Must Be Vaccinated For Upcoming Semester
The juveniles’ charges include 143 citations with fines in the case that could reach a minimum of $48,800 to a maximum of $82,000. Replacement costs, which the commission says is often associated with wildlife crimes, to reimburse the state’s hunters could reach over $11,000.