Officials take issue with white-tail deer pens

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Lawmakers have told Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials they’re violating public trust laws by allowing landowners to build high-fence enclosures for white-tail deer only.

Sam Polles, executive director of the agency, said Tuesday he’ll seek an attorney general’s opinion about the matter.

At issue is a 2008 regulation adopted by the agency allowing landowners to build enclosures for white-tail deer only. Larry Richardson, an attorney with the state Senate, says the Legislature hasn’t passed a law regulating such enclosures. His comments came Tuesday during a Senate Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Committee hearing.

Richardson says there have been several complaints about the agency regulating such enclosures, which cut off access to the white-tail deer. In Mississippi, the deer belong to the public.