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Wis. DNR Seeks To Change Wild Animal Policies

Saturday, August 31st, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released a proposal which helps cover the topic of owning deer as pets, according to WDIO.

The proposal, which was released on Thursday, stems from a pair of high-profile captive deer incidents. DNR officials have received criticism over the euthanizing of one animal named Giggles and nearly euthanizing another named Charlotte before Gov. Scott Walker prevented the action at state-level.

According to WDIO, an Illinois family brought a fawn named Giggles to the Saint Francis Society animal shelter in Kenosha this summer. DNR agents apparently showed up at the shelter with a search warrant, seized Giggles and euthanized the animal. Agency officials said Giggles came from a diseased zone and couldn’t go back to the wild, and the shelter couldn’t possess it.

Gov. Scott Walker ultimately issued a pardon sparing the other deer, Charlotte, who also came from a chronic-wasting zone.

Under the DNR’s plan, individuals who capture a wild deer could still face citations and penalties but could keep the animal if they build a pen and have the deer checked out by a veterinarian.

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