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Dr. Raymond Favero Sentenced to 3 Years’ Probation, $30,000 in Fines for Obtaining Illegal Deer Semen

(Photo: Scott Bauer)

(Photo: Scott Bauer)

An Illinois geneticist has been sentenced to a probation and massive fines for acquiring semen from illegally imported deer.

The Beaumont Enterprise reports that Dr. Raymond Favero of Braidwood pleaded guilty in July to the felony offense of acquiring wildlife in interstate commerce in violation of state and federal laws. Favero, 55, was sentenced on Wednesday to three years’ probation, a $6,000 fine and $24,000 in restitution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

Under Texas law, the importation of live whitetail deer or mule deer is illegal due to concerns about transmittable diseases such as chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis.

Favero, who holds a Ph.D. in animal sciences, acquired 184 straws of whitetail deer semen, worth around $92,000, which he drew from a buck he knew had been illegally transported from an out-of-state source in 2007. The following year, he obtained another 110 straws of semen with a value of about $55,000 from another outlaw buck.

The case against Favero was investigated by the Special Operations Unit of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Services and the US Attorney’s Office.

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