Teen has no sorrow for killing deer but regrets news quote Pa. resident's car hit buck, then he beat it to death

December 23, 1997|By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE

PHILADELPHIA -- A teen-ager from northwestern Pennsylvania who killed a deer with his bare hands now says he has regrets.

Not about beating the nine-point buck to a pulp in a fit of road rage. That, he says, was a "mercy killing."

What he regrets is admitting to his small-town newspaper that he "wanted to beat the crap out of it" after his car rammed the animal.

Five days after wrestling the deer to its death, 11th-grader Brian Krepp, 18, has become a celebrity of sorts in rural Venango County, Pa. -- the kind of place where it's far more common to find a deer head over the fireplace mantel than attached to a buck that has been strangled on the side of the road.

The state Game Commission won't charge Krepp with animal cruelty, saying he merely put the injured buck out of its misery.

But not everyone thinks Krepp did the right thing.

Some, including animal-rights activists, think he's evil.

"They're making my son out to be a monster," said the boy's mother, Cheryl Peterson, adding that she is proud of her son, a student at Rocky Grove High School.

They live near Franklin, about an hour south of Erie.

The horn-to-fist brawl erupted as Krepp was driving his father's 1983 Toyota Tercel home from his job as a grocery bagger Dec. 16. A 200-pound buck leaped in front of the car, smashing the hood and front grille.

Krepp got so angry he jumped from the car and ran to the deer as it stood on the side of the road, bleeding from its wounds.

"I ran over to where he was standing, and I grabbed it around the neck and wrestled it with my hands on both antlers," he said.

The fight went on for several minutes, as Krepp kicked and punched the deer, swearing at the animal as he broke its neck.

Then Krepp, who outweighed the creature by about 40 pounds, ran to a nearby house and passed out on the front porch from an asthma attack.

When he came to, he went back out to the road and kicked the deer again to see if it was still breathing.

"The Game Commission said I did the deer a favor by killing it," Krepp said yesterday. "It would probably have died anyway."

The commission let Krepp keep the venison but told him he'd have to fork over $90 -- $10 for each point on the deer's rack -- if he wanted the antlers and hide.

Even though Krepp had not bagged a deer in four years of hunting, he passed on the offer. "It's not that I didn't want it. It's just that I wish it wouldn't have happened that way."

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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