Poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi' after 100s of deer killed

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A judge in the USA state of Missouri has sentenced a prolific poacher to repeat screenings of Bambi, the Walt Disney classic weepy about a fawn whose mother is slain by a hunter.

Lawrence County conservation agent Andy Barnes said the exact number of deer the suspects illegally hunted over the past several years was unknown, but felt comfortable saying that the number was upward of several hundred.

Berry was not the only defendant in the multi-year poaching investigation. No concrete numbers are available, but authorities say that the three men were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of deer over the course of the last few years.

Fox 8 News reports that Berry will watch the movie at least 12 times during his incarceration.

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Missouri hunter David Berry Jr watch the Disney film Bambi repeatedly after being convicted in what is reportedly one of the state's biggest poaching cases.

And so when the Berrys and more than a dozen other poachers were ultimately sentenced, Lawrence county Judge Robert George apparently hoped a little Disney magic would show one of them the error of his ways.

He was arrested in August along with two family members for killing the deer, taking their heads and leaving their bodies to rot, prosecutors said.

According to court records, Berry's predicament stretches back to 2016, when he was busted for illegally killing wildlife in Lawrence County and charged with a misdemeanor.

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The investigation into the deer poaching case started in 2015, according to the AP.

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

Missouri hunter David Berry Jr must view the film at least once a month during his year-long sentence.

"In situations like this, with serial poachers who have no regard for the animals, rules of fair chase or aren't bothered by the fact that they're stealing from others, it's all about greed and ego", Randy Doman, the Missouri Department of Conservation's protection division chief, told the Springfield News-Leader.

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Berry worked with his father, two brothers and another man in the operation; all have had their hunting privileges revoked and were ordered to pay $51,000 in fines and legal costs.