Nine agents from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and four sheriff’s deputies descended upon a no kill shelter on the Wisconsin-Illinois border last month in response to a report that a baby deer was being cared for there. Authorities had obtained aerial photographs of the orphaned fawn at the shelter and had staked out the place in order to confirm the animal’s presence.
Yes aerial photos. Yes stake out.
When they raided the shelter, which apparently lacks the state permit required to house deer, an employee described the heavily armed group as looking “like a S.W.A.T. team”. The agents “corralled workers near the picnic area and then set out in search of the fawn.”
Authorities located the baby deer, who had been named Giggles due to the laugh-like noises she made. Shelter staff next saw her limp body in a trash bag, slung over the shoulder of one of the agents. She had been slated to go to a wildlife rehab center in Illinois the next day.
A local TV news reporter asked DNR Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer about the overkill:
“Could you have made a phone call before showing up, I mean, that’s a lot of resources,” WISN 12 News investigative reporter Colleen Henry asked.
“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,” Niemeyer said.
Right. Because a fawn named Giggles drinking out of a baby bottle is exactly like a drug bust.
The shelter’s president says she plans to sue the DNR.
(Thanks to everyone who sent me this link.)