‘‘They have real serious social needs, and you can’t just raise a deer. ... They have to be in with others of their kind,’’ she said. ‘‘It has to learn how to live in a herd and that’s where its safety is.’’
Most of the Facebook posts expressed disbelief that the couple could face charges for what was perceived as a good deed, but some comments weren’t so sympathetic.
One post pointed out that the couple had exposed themselves, their children and their pets to disease carried by deer, and that the local deer population could be infected now that the animal is free.
Although lawyer’s fees would be more expensive than paying the fine, the Councellers said they plan to fight the charge.
‘‘Sometimes, it’s not always about the DNR laws,’’ Jennifer Counceller told the Star. ‘‘Sometimes it’s about common sense and what’s right in God’s eyes. And that’s what I'm going to stand for.’’
Waudby said he plans to attend the Councellers’ court hearings, ‘‘and I'm bringing thousands of people with me.’’
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