Proposal would let Wisconsin residents keep wild deer

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.