The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a Winnsboro man had roadkill in the cooler of his restaurant and then took it home to butcher it. 61-year-old Somchanh Chanthapanya was cited for possession of a spotted fawn.
"Apparently it was hit on a highway close to the restaurant and it was road kill and he thought it would be a good idea to pick it up and clean it for later," said Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck.
Einck says the investigation started when a Franklin Parish sheriff's deputy saw the spotted fawn in the cooler at a restaurant called the Garden Hen. He says the man heard law enforcement were on the case and apparently tried to hide the evidence.
"He decided to move the fawn from his cooler to his residence and that's when we found him at his residence, he was in the process of butchering it at this time," said Einck.
Einck says possession of a spotted fawn, even if its dead, carries a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
The Louisiana Department of Health has investigated as well. A spokesperson says inspectors did not find any wild game in coolers or freezers at the Garden Hen in Winnsboro. They warned the owner wild game is not allowed in the business.