FAIRMONT, W.V. (AP) - The Division of Natural Resources wants help solving what it calls an out-of-season deer slaughter.
Capt. William Persinger says at least 13 deer were shot and left lying on the ground in the Fairmont area in the month before gun season started this week. They were found in the Apple Valley and Boothsville areas.
Persinger says six were shot within 25 yards of a home.
Another seven were shot nearby, and near homes that were within 100 yards of each other.
He said Tuesday the state of the animals suggests what he calls a "thrill killing."
Some deer had parts or patches of fur removed. Persinger compared that to the trophies that serial killers often collect from their victims.
Anyone with information should call the DNR at (304) 825-6787.
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