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State wildlife officials have new plan in response to "Giggles" outrage

Deer (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Deer (Photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin wildlife officials have come up with a plan to make sure a nationally-embarrassing incident, in which the state euthanized a baby deer, does not happen again.

The plan would let state residents keep deer they find in the wild.

Last month, an animal rehab shelter in Kenosha County was caring for a wild fawn named “Giggles” when DNR and sheriff’s agents took custody of the deer and euthanized it.

They reminded shelter officials of a state law against possessing live wildlife, and they explained a DNR policy which resulted in the animal’s death.

A Facebook page attracted national outrage. DNR workers admitted receiving threats. And Governor Scott Walker ordered the agency to re-examine its policy.

Thursday, the DNR and the state Agriculture Department unveiled a plan to let residents wild deer if they build enclosures, have health tests performed, and notify the ag agency.

Officials say they’ll ask the Natural Resources Board to take up the new policy next month. Walker endorsed the new plan, and asked everyone involved to “carefully consider” it.