Deer killings under investigation in West Virginia county


ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — Natural resources police in West Virginia are investigating cases of illegally killed deer and timber theft in Randolph County.

A group of officers led by Cpl. Greg Smith have investigated citizen complaints related to the illegal killing of deer over the past month in the rural county, according to a news release on the West Virginia Natural Resources Police’s page on Facebook.

Search warrants have led to the discovery of several sets of antlers. One person has pleaded guilty to violations and another person faces charges, the natural resources agency said.

Smith also has been investigating timber theft in Randolph County. Three people have been charged with stealing Locust trees from Penn Virginia property and selling them at a local lumber mill.

Anyone who cuts and sells timber in West Virginia must be licensed or have filed for an exemption, WBOY-TV reported.