UPDATE: Proposal Would let Wis. Residents Keep Wild Deer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATED: Thur 3:23 PM, Aug 29, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials have crafted a plan that would allow state residents to keep deer they find in the wild.

The Department of Natural Resources' proposal comes after the agency took criticism for seizing a wild fawn named Giggles from an animal rehabilitation center and euthanizing it. Gov. Scott Walker ordered his administration to make sure such a situation never happens again.

The DNR and state agriculture officials have drafted a proposal that would prohibit the DNR from euthanizing a wild animal unless it's sick. People would be allowed to keep a wild deer if they pay a penalty, build an enclosure and a veterinarian performs health tests on it.

DNR officials plan to present the proposal to the agency's board next month.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fri 4:22 PM, Aug 02, 2013

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KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are defending their decision to remove a fawn from a no-kill shelter in Kenosha and euthanize it.

An Illinois family brought the fawn to the Saint Francis Society shelter near the state line, believing she had lost her mother. Staff named the animal Giggles.

Workers say Department of Natural Resources agents turned up about two weeks ago and told them Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.

Shelter employee Ray Schulze says he told agents the fawn was scheduled to go to an animal preserve in Illinois the next day. He says they took Giggles anyway.

DNR Warden Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer tells WISN-TV that state law requires such animals to be euthanized because they could spread disease and pose a danger to humans.

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