Target: Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Division
Goal: Punish man allegedly responsible for the harassment and drowning of a deer to the fullest extent of the law.
A deer recently drowned in a Minnesota Lake after being forced to tread water by the driver of a boat who chased it, several witnesses are alleging. The large buck, which had been swimming in Tulaby lake, attempted to get ashore when a pontoon boat came between it and the land, blocking it. The boat persisted in its harassment of the deer, forcing it to swim further and further until the animal became exhausted and drowned in the lake.
While nearby witnesses were unable to get the man to stop harassing the deer, they were able to record the boat and its registration number. The men were able to retrieve the deer carcass and transport it to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which has opened an investigation into the case and have determined that a visitor of the boat owner was responsible for the incident. So far, no charges have been laid.
On top of whatever fine the district court hands down, the man is liable for a $500 restitution fine which will likely be doubled in this case as the buck’s antlers are large enough for it to be deemed a “trophy animal.” This buck’s drowning was clearly a result of malicious harassment, and should be punished accordingly. Sign the petition below to demand that the person responsible is punished to the full extent of the law.
Dear Commissioner Tom Landwehr,
A man recently forced a deer to drown due to exhaustion after chasing it around Tulaby lake in a pontoon boat, according to witnesses. When the deer was swimming toward the shore, the man blocked its path, preventing it from making landfall. The man proceeded to follow the deer around the lake in a boat, forcing the deer to keep swimming until it became exhausted and drowned.
This man, who refused to listen to the warnings of witnesses that the deer was becoming tired, was clearly acting out of malice. Had he stopped his pursuit of the animal, it would have been able to go ashore to rest. We, the undersigned, demand that the man responsible for this horrific drowning is punished to the full extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Yathin S Krishnappa