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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Armed agents raid animal shelter to euthanize baby deer

"It was like a SWAT team,” shelter employee Ray Schulze said. 
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. 
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.
More at Hot Air: So, they took the deer and killed it. Mercifully, I guess, the state has chosen not to press charges against this animal shelter for the horrible crime of trying to rehabilitate a deer abandoned by its mother in an animal shelter and transfer it to a wildlife preserve in Illinois, where wild deer are permitted by law. Apparently, if the shelter had had a state-issued permit for keeping a wild deer, everything would have been fine, which suggests keeping one is not inherently dangerous, despite that being the Department of Natural Resources’ justification for killing the fawn.

The target of the SWAT-like operation:

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