PINETOPS, N.C. (WNCT)- Five teens face charges in Edgecombe County in connection with more than two dozen dead deer carcasses found Sunday Morning.
“The deer were in various states of decay,” said Lt. Sam Craft, with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. “Some were just the heads with the antlers, and others were whole deer left to lie in the field.”
Five teenagers are facing charges. 18-year-old Christopher Jernigan is charged with night hunting. 19-year-old Timothy Stamatis faces night hunting and unlawful possession charges.
Three juveniles, whose names were not released, were also charged with night hunting.
If convicted on the misdemeanor charges, each faces a $500 penalty and the cost to replace the deer. This is could reach totals of $15,000.
Officials say they would also lose their hunting licenses for two years.
Deer hunting season ended Jan. 1, and nighttime deer hunting is illegal.
***WRAL contributed to this post.***