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Two deer hunters could be charged after bobcat kill

November 22, 2011

By Nick Schneider, GCDailyWorld.com

Two hunters -- one from Linton -- may face charges of illegally killing a bobcat in southwestern Greene County near the old Hawthron coal mine property.

Joe Whitehead, 48, of Linton, and Andy Dyers, 28, of Indianapolis, both face a possible class C misdemeanor charge for the illegal harvest of a protected furbearer following an investigation by Conservation officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

During the investigation, the Conservation officer determined a bobcat might have been killed and ditched on a nearby roadway.

"One of them (the hunters) came across them (a bobcat) while they were out hunting. They were deer hunting, but one of them shot a bobcat," Indiana Conservation Officer Mike Gregg, of rural Bloomfield, told The Greene County Daily World.

IDNR became involved in the case when a Greene County landowner reported a man trespassing on his property.

Illegal taking or possession of a bobcat can bring a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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