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Court Case Against Woman Who Moved Fawn Dismissed

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The case against a Park City resident-- who was cited after she found a distressed young deer on a Prospector trail and took it home—has been resolved.

The charge against Amy Roberts in Summit County’s Justice Court was dismissed, with Roberts agreeing to pay restitution.

Roberts told KPCW last July that while hiking, she found the fawn lying motionless on the trail.   She said she didn’t feel right about leaving it, where it might be run over by a biker, starve, or be pecked to death by birds.

After Roberts took the animal home, she made several calls to Park City Police, the Division of Wildlife Resources and a wildlife rehab organization, thinking it would likely be euthanized.   The fawn died shortly afterwards.

A DWR officer cited her for a Class B Misdemeanor.    The Department says it is illegal to remove any wild animal, dead or alive, without the appropriate license.

Summit County Attorney Margaret Olson told KPCW that in October the two sides came to a so-called ‘informal diversion agreement”.   Roberts agreed to pay $400 to the DWR’s Help Stop Poaching Fund.   That’s also the fine associated with the Misdemeanor charge.    And she was required to have no further violations in the next couple of months.

Given that, the county filed a motion January 2nd to dismiss the case without prejudice  “in the interest of justice.”

Contacted by KPCW, Roberts’ attorney Mike Worel said that he and his client could not provide any comment.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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