Vermont Fish and Wildlife authorities say a pony was accidentally shot and killed during Youth Hunting weekend. Officials say the pony was killed Saturday in Eden by a 14-year-old boy who thought he was shooting at a deer.
Wardens who investigated the accident say the boy, who was hunting with an adult at the time, had witnessed two deer running in the pasture prior to shooting the pony. Because the 14-year-old is a juvenile, his name was not released by investigators.
Vermont's top game warden, Col. Dave LeCours, says the boy violated "the cardinal rule" of hunting by not knowing for sure what his target was. LeCours says the boy and the adult he was hunting with did not violate any Fish and Wildlife laws, but they could face animal cruelty charges. He says state police and the Lamoille County state's attorney are reviewing the case.
Vermont allows youngsters to hunt for two days each fall as long as they have passed a hunter safety course. They can shoot bucks and does. The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license.