Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

A U.S. poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence after he was convicted of illegally killing deer.

According to official court records, dated December 6, Berry "is to view the Walt Disney movie Bambi, with the first viewing being on or before December 23, 2018, and at least one such viewing each month thereafter, during defendant's incarceration in the Lawrence County Jail".

Berry's family members, including his father, two brothers and another accomplice, lost some of their hunting privileges, the AP reported.

Berry was convicted of illegally taking wildlife in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County.

In addition to his jail stint, Lawrence County Judge Robert George ordered the offender to watch the classic 1942 Walt Disney movie, where Bambi's mother is shot and killed by hunters. Berry reportedly would take the heads of the deer and would leave their bodies to rot in the woods.

Berry will also serve 120 days in nearby Barton County for firearms violations.

Randy Dorman from the Missouri Department of Conservation said they heads were taken as trophies to feed their "greed and ego".

There were a total of 14 hunters that were swept up in the investigation, but David Berry the only one who has to watch Bambi once a month for the next 16 months behind bars.

According to CNN, David Berry Jr. was convicted for illegally killing deer by taking only their heads and antlers, and leaving the rest of their bodies to rot.

Berry Jr's family members have also been accused of catching fish by hand, an often-illegal process that can be risky to both fishermen and fish populations.

If Berry Jr. stays in for his full sentence of 16 months, he should be able to recite all of the lines from the Disney classic.

Lawrence County conservation agent Andy Barnes said the exact number of deer the suspects illegally hunted over the past several years was unknown, but felt comfortable saying that the number was upward of several hundred.

Berry's conviction is the "tip of a long list of illegal fish and game activity by him and other members of his family", the conservation commission said. Eric Berry had his privileges rescinded for 18 years; Kyle Berry had his revoked for eight years. The group had to pay $151,000 in bonds and $51,000 in fines.

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