The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources sent an armed SWAT team to kill a fawn in an animal shelter. It’s illegal to keep a helpless wild animal in an animal shelter.
People at the DNR know their jobs. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. Nine DNR personnel. Four deputy sheriffs. When you need force, use it!
But why did it take a SWAT team? Because the DNR does not want a wild fawn putting other animals at risk.
These people earn their keep. They leave no stone unturned. They even used aerial reconnaisance to spot the fawn. This was a major case.
At $200 a day, times 13 men, that’s $2,600. Plus it took days of planning. Maybe another $2,000. That was an expensive fawn.
Here is the story. There is a TV news video, too. This is the kind of story that goes viral.
Two weeks ago, Schulze was working in the barn at the Society of St. Francis on the Kenosha-Illinois border when a swarm of squad cars arrived and officers unloaded with a search warrant.”
(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth,” Schulze said.
The focus of their search was a baby fawn brought there by an Illinois family worried she had been abandoned by her mother.
“When it made a little noise, it sounded like it was laughing,” Schulze said.
Schulze videotaped the fawn they named Giggles during the two weeks she was there.
The Department of Natural Resources began investigating after two anonymous calls reporting a baby deer at the no-kill shelter.
The warden drafted an affidavit for the search warrant, complete with aerial photos in which he described getting himself into a position where he was able to see the fawn going in and out of the barn.
Agents told staff they came to seize the deer because Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.
I said the deer is scheduled to go to the wildlife reserve the next day,” Schulze said.
It was to go to a wildlife reserve in Illinois that allows the rehabilitation of deer. Schulze said agents corralled workers near the picnic area and then set out in search of the fawn.
“I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy.”
Is the budget of the Department of Natural Resources this bloated? Of course. Was killing a fawn this high a priority? In this bureaucracy’s budget, yes. Is this what the legislature of Wisconsin had in mind? No, but what power does the legislature have? Politicians come and go. Bureaucrats pay little attention to legislators. When a story like this hits the media, bureaucrats just hunker down until it blows over. Nothing changes. Their budgets never get cut.
This is the only test that matters. Does the budget get cut in the next fiscal year? If not, then it will be business as usual at the Department of Natural Resources.