LORAIN COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING TWO BUCKS IN ONE SEASON
Poacher has three previous convictions in Oberlin Municipal Court for deer-related charges
AKRON, OH – A Lorain County man was convicted recently of killing two antlered deer during the 2007-2008 hunting season, according to ODNR Division of Wildlife officials. Strict Ohio hunting regulations prohibit hunters from harvesting more than one antlered deer per season.
Robert S. Zaborniak, 50, of Lorain, appeared before visiting Judge Marty Conry on April 30. Judge Conry, a sportsman himself, found Zaborniak guilty of poaching. Zaborniak was found guilty, fined $600, and ordered to pay $400 in restitution for the illegal kill. The judge suspended a 60-day jail sentence, but revoked Zaborniak’s hunting privileges for two years.
“This is not the first time Mr. Zaborniak has had to face Oberlin Municipal Court on deer-related charges,” said Randy White, the Lorain County wildlife officer. “We believe he’s learned his lesson this time - thanks to Judge Conry.” Previous convictions include: 01/24/2001, failure to temporarily tag deer; 12/15/1997, Possessing/hunting deer out of season; 12/05/1995, failure to permanently tag deer.
“As a sportsman, Judge Conry understands the seriousness of poaching,” remarked Doug Miller, Division of Wildlife law enforcement supervisor in northeast Ohio. “Poachers are out there, but their actions eventually catch up with them and that is when we step in to protect Ohio’s valuable wildlife.”
The Division of Wildlife encourages anyone who is aware of a possible violation of wildlife laws to call the Turn In a Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-POACHER. Callers can remain anonymous.CLICK HERE FOR TIP FORM