Saying that matters have "taken a fatal twist," an editorial in this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press is calling for law enforcement to flush out its community's mystery deer shooter.
On Feb. 17, Citydesk first reported that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game was looking into repeated incidents of poaching in the Kootenai County city of Dalton Gardens. Authorities think that someone has been shooting the creatures within city limits and leaving the carcasses where they fall.
The Press writes that Dalton Gardens residents have, for years, "struggled to find ways to keep deer and human habitat respectfully separate." But the editorial says, "Poaching is a serious enough offense, but of much greater concern is the sniper's willingness to endanger life of the two-legged variety."
The Press also points to letters of support for the sniper.
"The last thing our community needs is a vigilante emboldened by any form of perceived public support," writes the Press editorial. "This person is not a hero; he or she is a menace with impaired judgment who should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."