Michael Jeffrey Moffitt
Michael Jeffrey Moffitt

A North York man is in York County Prison, accused of illegally harvesting three deer and taking them out of the Disease Management Area.

Michael Jeffrey Moffitt, 28, of 7 Dewey Ave. is charged with three counts of unlawful killing of big game and one count each of a person not to possess a firearm, criminal trespass and possession of weapon on school property, as well as other hunting-related charges.

He was remanded to county prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Moffitt, a convicted felon who's forbidden to possess a firearm, killed three deer without the proper licenses and drove an ATV, with a dead deer dragging behind it, across an elementary school property on Tuesday, the state Game Commission alleged.

He bragged about killing the deer and posted pictures on his Facebook page, according to Moffitt's charging documents.

Arrested: Wildlife conservation officers and local law enforcement found parts of three deer at Moffitt's home when they executed search warrants Thursday morning, documents state.

Authorities found half a skinned deer, a cooler containing three deer hindquarters and two containers and multiple bags containing frozen deer meat, the documents state.

In an interview with authorities, and with his attorney present, Moffitt admitted to unlawfully killing three deer in Manchester Township and dragging them to a Springettsbury Township home near North Hills Elementary School on North Hills Road.


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He also told authorities he took the deer back to his home to butcher them, documents state.

A second search warrant was executed at the Springettsbury Township home where evidence was collected.

Not tested: Authorities were alerted to illegal killings after two men wearing fluorescent orange, one of whom was later identified as Moffitt, were spotted driving an ATV across North Hills Elementary property on Tuesday.

During the investigation, Moffitt told authorities that he killed a deer earlier this fall, one on Monday and the third on Tuesday, documents state.

None of the deer were taken to a check station to have them tested for chronic wasting disease, which is mandatory for deer harvested in the Disease Management Area (DMA).

The 600-square-mile DMA in parts of York and Adams counties was set up by the Game Commission after two deer at an Adams County deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The disease has been traced back to a Washington Township farm, where an infected deer once lived. Both farms have been quarantined since October when the first case of the disease was discovered in Pennsylvania.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.