Nine brave Department of Natural Resource agents and four valiant sheriff’s deputies in Wisconsin descended upon a no-kill animal shelter in the State two weeks ago, armed to the teeth and in search of a dangerous fugitive: A young spotted fawn that had been abandoned by its mother.
According to WISN 12, the officials in Kenosha, Wis., swarmed the Society of Saint Francis animal shelter when they learned that the shelter was harboring the young animal in violation of a State law forbidding the possession of wildlife.
“It was like a SWAT team,” shelter employee Ray Schulze told reporters.
He continued, “(There were) nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, and they were all armed to the teeth,” Schulze said.
Via WISN 12:
Schulze videotaped the fawn they named Giggles during the two weeks she was there. The Department of Natural Resources began investigating after two anonymous calls reporting a baby deer at the no-kill shelter.
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.
When the agents of the State arrived in SWAT gear to retrieve the animal with a warrant in hand, shelter employees handed the deer over thinking the officers would simply deliver it to the wildlife sanctuary it was scheduled to be shipped to the following day.
But, according to Schulze, he was soon informed by one of the officers on site that agency policy mandated a different fate for the fugitive fawn.
“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,” Schulze said. “I said, ‘Why did you do that?’ He said, ‘That’s our policy,’ and I said, ‘That’s one hell of a policy.'”
DNR Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer informed WISN 12 that the money spent on the SWAT raid, the over the top arming of arriving officers and killing the fawn were necessary to protect the public. Because, of course, harboring a baby deer is just as dangerous as selling crack cocaine to school children.
“These are always very difficult situations for both parties involved, and we are empathetic to the fact of what happened because we know in our heart of hearts they tried to do the right thing,” Niemeyer said.
“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.