ANNAPOLIS - Actress Kirstie Alley was among the many people who called the Maryland Department of Natural Resources last month to plead for the life of Bucky the Deer.
After seeing a segment about the condemned Hagerstown deer on the Today show, the former star of NBC sitcoms "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet" talked to Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto for about 40 minutes, DNR sources say.
"By the end of the call, Ms. Alley had promised to let Katie Couric and the folks at NBC know that (a) the DNR-dudes in Maryland 'are not big bad bureaucrats' and (b) a responsible follow-up story was in order," the DNR reported on its local computer network.
Alley could not be reached for confirmation.
DNR to explain plan for black bear hunt
ANNAPOLIS - While Bucky's life was spared when he was released near a Williamsport game park, some of Western Maryland's black bears may not be so lucky.