ALBANY (AP) - New York conservation officials say they've charged 137 people with more than 250 misdemeanors and violations in a crackdown on illegally hunting deer at night with lights.
Department of Environmental Conservation investigators who staked out rural areas over the course of seven weeks reported 10 deer killed after lights were used to immobilize them, a crime that carries penalties up to $2,000 and a year in jail. In another 79 cases of deer jacking, hunters didn't kill an animal.
Some hunters face related charges like carrying a loaded gun in a vehicle, shooting over a public highway or shooting within 500 feet of a residence.
The DEC says Thursday about half the charges involve incidents in northern New York, with others in the greater Albany area and Catskills, central and western New York and on Long Island.