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Huron-Clinton Metroparks recieves threat before deer hunt

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The Huron-Clinton Metroparks received a threatening phone call before a scheduled deer hunt. 

Metroparks officers shoot the deer population when its deemed necessary to protect native plants and make sure the herd is not malnourished. 

Huron-Clinton Metroparks Police Chief Michael Reese says the day before a cull was scheduled to take place, a parks receptionist received a call from someone who said he didn’t want any deer to be killed. 

“And then advised the receptionist that he was going to shoot the officers, he'll be out in the woods and he will shoot the police officers that was shooting the deer.” 

Reese says the park police have since identified a 71-year-old Royal Oak resident as the suspect. A warrant has been authorized for his arrest. He’ll be charged with malicious use of telecommunications services – a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to six months in jail or a one thousand dollar fine.