Lakeway Woman Charged After Interfering With Deer Trappers
A Texas woman who posted a video of deer being trapped with a net is facing criminal charges for interfering.
Ashlea Beck, a woman in Lakeway posted a video showing several trapped deer in March.
Her children found the deer trap near her home.
She can be heard asking her children to go get the scissors.
One of the trappers then warns Ashlea that she could face a fine if she cuts the net, according to Fox7. But she did it anyway.
Rita Cross, president of Citizen Advocates for Animals, describes the situation.
“I’ve never seen a group of eight or so deer under a net like that and I’ve never heard them scream as much as I heard on that video,” Cross said. “[Ashlea] dropped [her phone] and went over and cut a couple of places at the corner of the net and she allowed two deer to escape.”
In May, two months after sharing the video, Ashlea was fined and arrested on two Texas Parks and Wildlife warrants for criminal mischief and criminal harassment, Class B misdemeanors, Fox7 reported.
“Ms. Beck interfered with lawful efforts to trap and remove white-tailed deer, causing damage to private property in the process,” Texas Parks and Wildlife released a statement that reads. “It is a violation of the Sportsman’s Rights Act to intentionally interfere with another person lawfully engaged in the process of hunting or catching wildlife, or intentionally harassing, driving, or disturbing any wildlife for the purpose of disrupting lawful hunting.”
Cross says the criminal charges went too far.
“It was done to make an example of Ashlea to anyone else who might think about doing something.
“The woman was in shock. … What would we do in that instance?” said Cross.
Cross and other animal advocates are now raising money to help Ashlea with legal fees.
Cross hopes that the video Ashlea shot will encourage city officials to consider alternatives to deer population control, such as sterilization.