Two rabbit hunting wrestlers at the University of Iowa have been suspended for killing several animals on campus, according to ESPN.
Freshmen Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan were suspended on Wednesday for an incident that happened on campus Tuesday evening. Armed with an air rifle, the wrestlers decided to hunt a few rabbits in order to make a couple of hats. The pair were also hunting rabbits last Saturday night.
Security officers spotted Meyer and Ryan wandering around campus with what appeared to be a long rifle. Authorities later found air rifles and several rabbit skins inside Meyer’s dormitory. Both students were soon placed under arrest.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the hunting wrestlers are suspended indefinitely and may face further disciplinary action from the university. Athletic director Gary Barta explained that no further details will be released until an investigation has been conducted.
For their role in the rabbit hunting debacle, Alex Meyer and Connor Ryan have both been charged with discharging air rifles within city limits and violating a state law that bans hunting after dark. Meyer will also be cited for hunting without a license.
According to The Huffington Post, neither Meyer nor Ryan have issued a statement on their arrest and suspension. Meyer’s mom stated that she had no information to share regarding her son’s rabbit-related troubles.
State Department of Natural Resources spokesman Mick Klemesrud said that both wrestlers could have avoided all of this trouble by paying a visit to one of the local wildlife areas near the university.
“If they want to hunt rabbits, they can come out to the countryside, either knock on doors and ask for permission to go on private land or come to our public areas,” he said. “But you can’t hunt in town.”
For the record, rabbit season in Iowa runs from September 1, 2012 to February 23, 2013. Shooting hours are from sunrise to sundown.
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