FACT CHECK: Did Arkansas Woman Train Deer To Attack Hunters?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post on shared on social media purports a woman in Kansas is training deer to attack hunters.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. This claim stems from satire.

Fact Check:

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently announced his candidacy for the Republican Nomination for President, The Hill reported. Hutchinson cited economic struggles as his main reason for running, which he credits to Biden.

The Facebook post purports a woman in Arkansas is training deer to attack hunters. The post shows images of a woman’s mugshot and a deer.

“Bridgette Watkins, 43, of Summit, AR who allegedly took fawn’s into her home and raised the deer with the intentions of training them to attack hunters was taken into custody Friday,” the caption reads. “Attention was drawn to Watkins when she began giving meth to the young deer and they were caught rummaging through people’s garages and back porches.”

There is no credible news report that suggests this story is true. The story appears to stem from a satirical Facebook page, called Arkansas Game Fish. The bio of page self identifies as parody saying, “This is a satire page.”

This parody account has a similar name to an actual conservation Facebook page called Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. (RELATED: Is Kenya Getting Rid Of The U.S. Dollar?)

This is not the first time an image or video has been shared online with a false or misleading caption. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim that a Kansas House Bill would authorize “genital inspections of children.”

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter