Madison – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today after Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Cathy Stepp and Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel announced a proposal to modify Wisconsin’s captive wildlife laws and policy:
I appreciate the hard work from Secretary Stepp and Secretary Brancel and all those involved in examining our captive wildlife laws. I encourage the Legislature and the Natural Resources Board to carefully consider the recommendations offered by the DNR and DATCP.
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.