Soldiers arrest Oregon man accused of ‘riding’ trapped and exhausted deer
RILEY, Oregon – An Oregon man was arrested last week after videos of him “riding” a trapped and exhausted deer were apprehended, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).
OSP Fish & Wildlife soldiers began to investigate the case after other wildlife officials saw the “disturbing” video shared on social media.
“The video showed what appeared to be a young adult male climbing on, and ultimately riding on the back of, a live and exhausted mule deer while confined to a fenced compound,” OSP said in a statement.
In the video, the mule deer could be heard growling and bleating in distress, eventually trying to escape several times by jumping into a connected fence.
The soldiers eventually identified two suspects in the town of Riley, Harney County. After going to Riley, soldiers interrogated 18-year-old Jacob Belcher at a rural ranch before arresting him on charges of wildlife harassment and animal abuse II.
“Investigation and interviews revealed that the mule deer had locked itself in a fenced-in feeding pen, before being ridden by Belcher,” the OSP said. “The male was eventually released and his status at that time is unknown.”
Another suspect who allegedly videotaped the incident has been identified and charged with contributing to a wildlife offense, which has been referred to the Harney County District Attorney’s office. Belcher was housed in the Harney County Jail, although he no longer appears on the jail list.