LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) –
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reminds state residents that
importing deer violates both state and federal regulations, and severe
penalties can be assessed.
came forth after a case in neighboring Mississippi in which three men
and a corporation have been cited with a 13-count federal indictment.
Ronald W. Reine, 67, Brian R. Reine, 44, Bruce A. Swilley Jr., 27, and
Omni Pinnacle, LLC, all of Slidell, La., were charged with various
violations of the Lacey Act for importing live white-tailed deer into
indictment alleged that the defendants unlawfully brought the deer into
Mississippi for breeding and killing trophy bucks. Federal authorities
said defendants bought and illegally transported deer into Mississippi
from Indiana and Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2012.
officials, Brian Reine and Ronald Reine operated hunting enclosures in
Lamar and Pearl River counties in southern Mississippi.
defendants were arraigned in U.S. District Court at Gulfport, Miss., and
each was released on $25,000 bond. A trial is scheduled for March 17
before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden. If convicted, the defendants
face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a $250,000
fine on each count. Omni Pinnacle, LLC faces a maximum fine of $500,000.
importation of white-tailed deer into Mississippi is a growing problem
with the potential for a devastating impact on our native deer herd"
said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis in Mississippi. "This indictment is
the beginning of our efforts to combat the illegal importation of
white-tailed deer and we will continue to partner with the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries,
and Parks to identify, investigate, and prosecute people who have
chosen to violate the law on importing white-tailed deer."
AGFC's deer program coordinator, said, "This case in Mississippi points
out what we are working hard to prevent in Arkansas. Bringing deer and
other wildlife in from other areas is inviting the spread of a major