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Board rejects idea of Wisconsinites keeping deer as pets

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

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state panel has said no to letting Wisconsinites keep live deer as pets -- but the animals no longer have to be killed if they're caught being captive. 

The Natural Resources Board partially rejected a proposal this week that was meant to avoid a repeat of an incident earlier this year in Kenosha. 

DNR personnel seized a baby fawn named "Giggles" from an animal rehab center, and euthanized the deer. A national backlash resulted, and Governor Scott Walker told the DNR not to let it happen again. 

The agency's solution was to let people keep deer as pets if they pay a fee and report their animals to the state. 

However, the Natural Resources Board re-affirmed that it's illegal to capture wild animals -- and letting people keep deer as pets essentially commercializes the state's roaming deer herd. 

The board did, however, let DNR personnel return captive deer to the wild. The agency said deer could still be euthanized if they create health problems.

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