Pa. man fined after game officers seize dozens of illegal animal parts

(Photo credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission)

BEDFORD, Pa. (WHTM) – A central Pennsylvania man must pay more than $18,000 in fines and lose his hunting privileges for several years for illegally killing wildlife and protected birds.

Darin Fleck, 40, of Defiance, pleaded guilty April 1 to all charges stemming from a December search of his home, according to a Pennsylvania Game Commission news release.

Wildlife conservation officers seized 65 flying squirrel tails, 45 antlered white tailed deer skulls, two hides from white tailed deer, three black bear skulls, two sets of black bear paws, one red tail hawk head, a red-tailed hawk tail fan, one great horned owl tail fan, three sets of great horned owl talons, one set of eastern screech owl talons, a set of red-tailed hawk talons, two bobcat skulls, a coyote skull, a rattlesnake hide, and various feathers from wild turkeys.

A wildlife officer initially went to the home because he received a tip that a young deer was being kept in a small enclosure, and he believed the deer had been obtained illegally.

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