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Video of Vermont hunter petting illegally shot deer and calling it a ‘good boy’ sparks outrage

Cell phone video that a game warden said showed a hunter petting an illegally shot and injured deer, and saying “good boy” before killing the animal, has raised calls from wildlife advocates for animal cruelty charges.

But Vermont’s animal cruelty law does not apply to activities regulated by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, including hunting and trapping, officials said.

The 21-year-old hunter shown in the video is facing a slew of deer poaching and other charges from incidents in October and November of 2022, including hunting while his license was revoked. His lawyer, who said he had only been appointed to the case two days ago, declined to comment.

The hunter could not be reached for comment. His cell phone rang unanswered and didn’t have a voice message box.

Galdenzi called the case “egregious,” including how the hunter mentioned to the warden that he was upset with his ex-girlfriend and “it seems that he was taking out his frustrations on an animal,” she said.

She said Protect Our Wildlife Vermont will be working with the legislature to try to change the exemption in Vermont’s animal cruelty law by adding the word “lawful” to activities regulated by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“I think we need to show that just because you’re a hunter or a trapper, it doesn’t mean that you can behave in exceptionally cruel ways and still be protected under the hunting umbrella,” she said.

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