107 charged in New York 'deer jacking' crackdown

December 8, 2009 8:42:16 AM PST
New York officials are cracking down on deer jacking. Officers with the state Department of Environmental Conservation recently charged dozens of people from the lower Hudson Valley to the Canadian border in northern New York with illegally hunting deer at night with a spotlight. State Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis announced Tuesday at a wildlife center in suburban Albany that a total of 107 individuals have been charged in the crackdown.

Officials say the charges include 27 for deer jacking and 48 for hunters who used lights in an attempt to lure deer.

Deer jackers shine lights at deer to "freeze" the animal, making them easier to shoot. Deer jackers can face misdemeanor charges.