Illegal deer killings stop in Norton Shores, police say

Associated Press • Mar 7, 2016 at 7:08 PM

NORTON SHORES — Authorities say whoever was killing deer in Norton Shores has stopped since a public notice seeking information about the illegal activity was issued.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent a news release in September 2015 saying 18 deer were killed in that Muskegon County city between October 2014 and September 2015. Norton Shores Police Chief Jon Gale said they were killed in a part of the city where hunting isn't allowed.

The deaths stopped after the agency sent out the news release, Gale said. There were no tips provided on who could be killing the deer, and that authorities still don't know who was doing it, he added.

Finding who shot the deer hasn't been easy because the deer were shot with small-caliber bullets and could have run before collapsing, Gale said.

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