A Pennsylvania man who helped save several deer from a frozen lake is now facing fines after taking one of the animals home in an effort to nurse him back to health.

John Stoll Jr., 54, assisted the Game Commission, Wellsville Fire Department and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources with rescue efforts when the deer fell through the ice near Gifford Pinchot Park Saturday afternoon.


According to the Game Commission’s website, “wildlife taken alive may not be retained alive, sold, or given away. Live wildlife may be relocated to a natural setting.”


"If they didn't want me to take that deer, why didn't they didn't they come to my house right as soon as I got home?” Stoll said.

Stoll said an online fundraiser has been set up to help him cover the costs, but he plans to donate part of the proceeds to an organization that helps animals.



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Comment by Central Scrutinizer on January 20, 2019 at 3:11pm

....but WHY did the bureaucrat cross the road??

A: To get to the other excise


Comment by dogitydog on January 20, 2019 at 3:03pm

I'll assume that the same rules apply if someone were to "accidentally" hit a bureaucrat crossing the road.

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on January 20, 2019 at 12:56pm

need to stuff these money-grubbing bureaucrats into that frozen lake imo

Comment by Diana on January 20, 2019 at 12:51pm

Only those approved by the government are qualified to care for wildlife ya know.  Even though it appears their plan was to leave a half frozen deer on the bank and let it freeze to death while they went through the paperwork.  It's like a deer hit by a car needs to suffer until the wildlife officials get there - it's against the law for a civilian to shoot it and end it's suffering.

PA General Hunting Regulations:

"Roadkilled Deer/Possessing Wildlife: It is unlawful at any time to possess live wildlife, except foxes for which a permit has been issued, or animals, or parts of animals, killed on highways. Pennsylvania residents may possess deer or turkeys killed by a motor vehicle for personal consumption only if they secure a permit number from the Game Commission within 24 hours after taking the deer; call the appropriate region office. It is not legal to kill “put it out of its misery” any injured wildlife; again, call the region office."

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