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DNR may relax regulations on captive deer

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin would ease up on its regulations for captive deer under new policy changes to be considered Wednesday by the state Natural Resources Board. The new rules are designed to prevent a repeat of a nationally-publicized incident, in which D-N-R workers seized-and-killed a captive baby deer named "Giggles" that was being treated at a Kenosha County rehab shelter.

Under the new proposal state workers would return captive deer to the wild, and not euthanize them unless they pose a health risk. People can keep wild deer in pens, if they pay fines and have veterinarians test the animals. The fines are needed because only the Legislature can allow wild deer to be kept as pets. The D-N-R Board can make the other changes.

In the "Giggles" incident, critics accused the D-N-R of being too heavy-handed -- and once the word went national, Governor Scott Walker ordered the D-N-R to re-examine its policies. He has endorsed the new changes. The agency's policy board will hold its monthly meeting at Pembine in northeast Wisconsin.