A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie Bambi as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what conservation agents are calling one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history. The first viewing must be completed by Sunday.
Prosecutors say the deer were killed for their heads, typically at night, with their bodies left to rot. Berry was convicted in southwest Missouri's Lawrence County of illegally taking wildlife. Three relatives and another man also were caught in connection to the poaching case, reports the AP. They've paid $51,000 in fines and court costs. Berry also was sentenced to 120 days in jail in nearby Barton County for a firearms probation violation. (This poacher who left moose meat to rot was recently sentenced.)