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Steven Timm charged with animal cruelty for harassing, drowning deer

The guy behind the deer drowning has been outed, and he's using the Good Samaritan defense.

The guy behind the deer drowning has been outed, and he's using the Good Samaritan defense.

And the alleged degenerate has a name.

Last month, the good folks enjoying Tulaby Lake in northwest Minnesota watched in horror as a pontoon driver chased a swimming deer around until it drowned.

Witnesses saw the boater block the buck from shore, then continue herding it through the water until it sank in exhaustion. One onlooker actually charged up in his pontoon to ask the culprit what the hell he was doing. The flippant reply: “What do you think I am, a deer killer?”

Well, the deer is in fact dead, and Mahnomen County has probable cause to charge Steven Timm, 55, of Moorhead with animal cruelty and using a motor vehicle to chase wild animals. Each misdemeanor comes with a max fine of $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

A state conservation officer tracked Timm down through photos that bystanders snapped of the pontoon’s registration number. According to the Department of Natural Resources, Timm’s story is that he was only trying to help. He saw something in the water, drove out to check it out, and tried to turn the deer back to shore.

Because, presumably, this deer needed directions.

Timm’s next court date is October 29.