By Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker says he never wants to see another Giggles incident on his watch.
The governor at press event Monday afternoon said he ordered “a number of cabinet secretaries” to a meeting earlier in the day to develop changes to the policy that led the Department of Natural Resources to euthanize the fawn, following report of a law enforcement raid on a no-kill animal shelter in Kenosha.
“My charge to them was, going forward I don’t ever want to see something like that happen again,” Walker said, speaking with reporters after a bill signing at the Department of Military Affairs in Madison.
Society of St. Francis shelter employee Ray Schulze described the scene to WISN 12 News, which broke the story last week.
“It was like a SWAT team,” Schulze told the station. “(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth.”
“I said the deer is scheduled to go to the wildlife reserve the next day,” Schulze told the station. “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. I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ (The agent) said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.’”
Department of Natural Resources Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer told WISN 12 News that the law requires DNR agents to euthanize wild animals because of their potential to spread disease.
Walker said he wasn’t ready to announce the specifics of a policy change and that he would listen to suggestions brought to him by cabinet members.
Wisconsin Reporter has reached out to DNR for comment. As of this post, Wisconsin Reporter is waiting for DNR for a response.
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