January 19, 2019

Deer Poacher Is Ordered to Repeatedly Watch Bambi in Missouri Jail

18 December 2018, 11:17 | Ross Houston

Poacher ordered by judge to watch Bambi once a month in jail

Missouri man must watch ‘Bambi’ monthly as part of poaching punishment, judge rules

On top of his one-year jail sentence, Judge Robert George ordered Berry Jr to watch the 1942 Disney animation "Bambi" at least once a month during his time in jail.

After an eight-and-a-half-month investigation, starting in 2015, into incidents in far-flung places like Kansas, Nebraska and Canada, Berry's dad, David Sr.

He said the hunters would take the heads of the "trophy bucks" and left "the bodies of the deer to waste". Berry reportedly would take the heads of the deer and would leave their bodies to rot in the woods.

While Disney's animated classic Bambi is responsible for traumatizing generations of kids with mommy-abandonment issues, a Missouri judge is using the beloved film to punish a convicted deer poacher by forcing him to watch Bambi's mom die once a month for an entire year.

Both Berry Jr and his father, David Sr have had their hunting, fishing, and trapping privileges suspended for life, though the letter of the law hasn't exactly stopped them before.

Bambi often leads lists of the saddest moments in cinema, and even moved Time magazine to include the movie among its top 25 horror movies of all time, alongside Frankenstein, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead. A fifth defendant, Jerimiah Cline, who is accused of assisting the Berrys and taking wildlife himself, had his hunting privileges revoked for five years.

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"It is unknown how many deer the main group of suspects has taken illegally over the past several years", Lawrence County Conservation Agent Andy Barnes said, according to the Associated Press.

"Bambi" is a classic animated children's film about a deer whose mother dies at the hands of a hunter. Berry's three family members collectively served 33 days in jail for their charges, the News-Leader reported.

"Taking just the heads is their version of obtaining a trophy and leaving the carcass behind is merely an afterthought".

'While there are some cases where poachers go after the antlers for profit, with this bunch it was more about the thrill of the kill itself. They've paid $51,000 in fines and court costs.

Officials say it is one of the largest such cases ever investigated by the state of Missouri.

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