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YouTube video leads to illegal deer hunting arrest in CT

December 26, 2011

Officers from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) Division of State Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police today arrested Anthony Piana, 44, of 69 Bruning Road New Hartford, on charges related to a deer hunting violation.

Piana came to the attention of EnCon Police officers through a video that had been posted on the Internet site Youtube, which showed him killing a white tail deer. EnCon Police officers were able to gather evidence and determine that the alleged violation occurred on property owned by Piana in New Hartford on or about December 26th. Officers determined that Piana had a hunting license and the required deer hunting permits but allegedly failed to report the deer kill to DEEP within 24 hours as required by state regulations. This requirement provides important data to DEEP that is used in assessing wildlife and developing wildlife management strategies.

Piana was charged with Failure to Report a deer kill within 24 hours and is scheduled to appear January 9 in Superior Court in Bantam.

The violation carries a penalty of up to a $200 fine and/or 60 days in jail.

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