Marshall County Man Charged With Keeping Deer as Pets


GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)– A Marshall County man is charged with keeping seven whitetail deer as pets, which is against Alabama law.

Our news partners at The Huntsville Times/ report Julius Dunsmore, 69 of Valley Road in Guntersville, was hurt and blinded in one eye by a buck that attacked him last week.

According to the report, the buck was one of seven deer Dunsmore was keeping behind his house as pets.

The pets were confiscated and then put down because wildlife experts say once deer have been held by humans, they can never survive again in the wild.

The report says at least one of the deer came from the Lake Guntersville State Park and others from Tennessee.   Wildlife officials told that transporting deer into the area can spread disease.

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