Hearing Monday for Randolph County deer killings

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Members of the North Carolina Wildlife Commission will hear from supporters of a Randolph County man whose nine pet deer were shot and killed last year by state wildlife officers.

Supporters of Wayne Kindley plan to speak to a commission committee Monday evening. Kindley’s nine penned deer were killed by authorities who said they had to be tested for chronic wasting disease. In September, officers said the deer tested negative for the disease.

There have been no cases for the disease in North Carolina, but deer have tested positive in nearby states, wildlife officials said.  The testing can’t be done on a live animal.

Kindley was charged with holding deer in captivity without a permit, which carries a $10 fine. The district attorney dropped the charge, saying it’s not clear the commission has the authority to destroy deer without going to court.

The committee plans to meet for 30 minutes Monday in Raleigh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.