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"Deer trustee" will advise DNR


MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsin will soon have a “deer trustee” who will advise the D-N-R on the best ways to manage the state’s deer herd. Governor Scott Walker proposed the new position during his campaign last year. And D-N-R Secretary Cathy Stepp tells the Wisconsin Eye cable channel that the new trustee would be named before the fall deer hunting seasons begin.

The agency has been without a big game ecologist since Keith Warnke moved to the D-N-R’s Bureau of Law Enforcement last December. Warnke spent six years as the chief monitor of the state’s deer herd.

Also, Stepp told Wisconsin Eye that the state’s mining laws need to be revised – but her agency will only play a technical role, and the Legislature will have to make the big decisions. A bill is expected to be considered this fall to speed up the process of getting state mining permits.