SWAT Cops In Wisconsin Protect Public From Deadly… Fawn


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.

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  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Bambi meets the State.

  • JimH

    Just a big case of unnecessary stupid. Just inform the animal shelter that having the fawn there is against the law and the wildlife sanctuary could accept it.
    Coming in fully armed? People that work at no kill shelters aren’t desperado’s.
    Spending all those resources over a fawn isn’t good use of our tax dollars.
    Chalk one up to the DNR.(do nothing rangers)

  • eleson

    I feel so safe, now that our swat teams are now capable of no thought actions that they are willing to sacrifice their very existence to kill a fawn and take that dastardly threat out of our midst. Next time I have a squirrel around me, I will call them in.

    • JimH

      Got to watch out for those grizzly squirrels.

      • Average_Joe56

        We used to have those…until the Palmetto bugs ate them…. ;)

        • JimH

          Maybe the Do Nothing Ranger Rapid response team can leap into action and take out those pesky Palmetto’s.
          Some grenades, a couple of flame throwers, let the party begin.

  • manuel

    If cops and their leadership get any more stupid, we can all turn in our citizen cards and move to Mexico. If cops are not killing innocent people, they are doing dumb stuff like this. Guess the Krispy Kreme must have been closed at the time……

  • J. W. Bercher

    Folks, this is NOT stupid, and it is not unnecessary, it is one more step toward tyranny. Steps we see across this country, steps rapidly coming in an avalanche toward despotism.

    • John Woodbury

      JW, I agree and I am also afraid that America will come to a no good end. There is no way to stop this, because each little entity wants money and power and prestige. We have become a nation of Narcissus loving fools. Now we know how all great empires fall.

  • DavidForward

    Another SWAT (some wannabe action types) team of dullards lead by mindless bureaucratic drones seeking a pat on the head by idiot politicians…they would take down and kill their mothers if the rules had to be followed. Pathetic overreaction and needless slaughter of a helpless animal — I’m sure we can all rest comfortably knowing we have gestapo minded law enforcement diligently following orders…regardless of how inane….

    • knitty

      It seems that every government enforcement agents has a swat team so not matter what we do now a swat team gets involved.

  • hughcapet

    If I ever became a dangerous fugitive in the name of liberty, freedom, and the Constitution, I too will be descended upon by a squad of government goons to be exterminated like little bambi.

  • Average_Joe56

    We got up there, we found all the garbage in there, and we decided it’d be
    A friendly gesture for us to take the garbage down to the city dump. So
    We took the half a ton of garbage, put it in the back of a red VW
    Microbus, took shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed
    On toward the city dump.

    Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the
    Dump saying, “Closed on Thanksgiving.” And we had never heard of a dump
    Closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off
    Into the sunset looking for another place to put the garbage.

    We didn’t find one. Until we came to a side road, and off the side of the
    Side road there was another fifteen foot cliff and at the bottom of the
    Cliff there was another pile of garbage. And we decided that one big pile
    Is better than two little piles, and rather than bring that one up we
    Decided to throw our’s down.

    That’s what we did, and drove back to the church, had a thanksgiving
    Dinner that couldn’t be beat, went to sleep and didn’t get up until the
    Next morning, when we got a phone call from officer Obie. He said, “Kid,
    We found your name on an envelope at the bottom of a half a ton of
    Garbage, and just wanted to know if you had any information about it.” And
    I said, “Yes, sir, Officer Obie, I cannot tell a lie, I put that envelope
    Under that garbage.”

    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer’s station. So we got in the red VW microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer’s station.

    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie could’ve done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn’t very likely, and
    We didn’t expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer’s station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn’t even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed. And I said “Obie, I don’t think I
    Can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on.” He said, “Shut up, kid.
    Get in the back of the patrol car.”

    And that’s what we did, sat in the back of the patrol car and drove to the
    Quote Scene of the Crime unquote. I want tell you about the town of
    Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where this happened here, they got three stop
    Signs, two police officers, and one police car, but when we got to the
    Scene of the Crime there was five police officers and three police cars,
    Being the biggest crime of the last fifty years, and everybody wanted to
    Get in the newspaper story about it. And they was using up all kinds of
    Cop equipment that they had hanging around the police officer’s station.
    They was taking plaster tire tracks, foot prints, dog smelling prints, and
    They took twenty seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles
    And arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each
    One was to be used as evidence against us. Took pictures of the approach,
    The getaway, the northwest corner the southwest corner and that’s not to
    Mention the aerial photography.

    *excerpt from Alice’s Restaurant ;)

    • JanelleHumbert

      That’s a favorite of my best half and me. Thanks for the excerpt!!! We named our first home, a cottage on Lake Erie, Alice’s Restaurant. It was kind of a tease for our neighbors whose property names were pretty staid.

      • Average_Joe56

        I have a copy of the movie and it is a tradition between me and some of my friends to get together every Thanksgiving and watch it, This will be year 25 for us.
        Many, many years ago I worked for Strawberries Records and Tapes in Albany,NY. I delivered records to 11 Stores between Schenectady, NY and Springfield, Mass. The Town of Stockbridge, Mass. was on my route, I actually got to eat at Alice’s Restaurant once. That would have been 1979-1980. Alice had sold the restaurant by that time….but it was still cool to eat there.

        • JanelleHumbert

          B and I will now have to buy that from iTunes….doesn’t seem like there has been much change for the better. Enjoyed this and it was odd because I rarely post on this site. Thanks for the fine walk back in time, Joe!

          • Average_Joe56

            Anytime Janelle ;)
            I am always glad to bring back fond memories.
            I find that the older I get, the more I long for that simpler life of yesteryear. Thank God for the memories….because the future looks pretty bleak.
            May America Bless God again!

  • jdn

    Every police action is a SWAT action . Seems the scum of America deserve no less . I’m sure those words were spoken by King George and are being repeated behind closed door meetings today . I would rather smell blood and gun powder than tyranny . I’m sure those words were spoken in open taverns and town halls at one time too .

    • michiganminuteman

      ………what’s that I hear………..is that the sound of fife and drum?

      • Old Wolf

        That is the song of angry men…

  • BrotherPatriot

    Absolutely ridiculous and they killed the deer even…
    I bet they feel empowered & went and had a good bear and laugh.

  • chrisnj

    Government is force – and blunt instrument at that. I guess a little critical thought by the state and local officers sworn to “serve and protect” is a little too much to ask.

    Really, guys – if you are reading this – aren’t you even just a little bit sheepish? Or was it just a slow day in Mayberry?

  • Ibn Insha

    I thought China was bad.

  • WTF

    Now I know where all the heroes are? Macho men for sure! How brave can one get? God help us, really, really, really, please help now! Time is running out, we have absolutely gone over the edge and there remains little or no hope for this planet!

    • Mark Holtz

      They have written laws that make us all criminals to 1 extent or another. We must stand together as one, or fall alone as fools. What do you think the Nazis would have done if when the Gastopo showedup and all the people grabbed rakes, shovel what ever and started busting heads. Yes there would be causality. Soon there would be less goons, and more good hearted people. Not these poor brained washed souls thinking that they are doing good works by following orders from some power hungry phycopath. The tyranny runs deep.

  • Katrael

    A true story. Names withheld to protect the innocent but this is still a true story.
    one night I was sitting in the family room of my elderly father’s house watching our nightly movie when through the window I noticed light from someone coming around the corner of the house with his flashlight on. I thought it might be my son so I went to the door before they had a chance to get to the door. I was greeted by a police officer, a sheriffs deputy and an EMT. I asked if I could help them with something and they said yes and asked me if I lived in the house next door. I said yes and they proceeded to tell me that they had inspected the premises and found a fire burning in my wood heater. My mouth dropped open because i immediately understood that they had taken it upon themselves to enter my house un- invited. They said they were just being good neighbors. The police officer explained that somebody next door had reported smoke around the house and that they had responded to that. .The sheriffs deputy remarked that they get sued so often that it had been his duty to investigate a drug crime. The EMT was silent. I walked next door and found a six foot seven inch giant of a man who was a fire man standing inside my home. He had nothing to say. Then the sheriffs deputy began to tell me that the state crime lab was on it’s way over to investigate suspicious substances and that my father, who had managed to find his way over to my house, couldn’t return home to watch his TV until the investigation was over. Then the fireman went over to my wood heater (it was winter after all and I always had a fire burning) opened the heater door and said, “did you know you have a fire in there?” I was dumbfounded. The sheriffs deputy said he had found suspicious substances in several rooms and that it would be only a matter of minutes before the State Crime Lab showed up. He asked me what the strange substances were and I told him it was salt. (My brother had a habit of leaving little objects that had salt in them around the house. It’s a long story) Then the sheriffs deputy turned his attention to a jug of water next to the heater. “What’s that?” he asked. I said, “water.” and I walked over picked the jug up and took it to him to smell. I thought that if he smelled it that he would know what it was. He refused to smell it. I didn’t know what to say to all of this and I was really impatient for the State Crime Lab to show up so that I could make fools out of them all. It seemed like an eternity until the sheriffs deputy and the police officer left the building. The sheriffs deputy returned without the police officer (who was at least a mile out of his jurisdiction) and told me that the State Crime Lab had turned around and wasn’t coming. Without another word they all left. It took a while before I started to get angry. I guess I was in shock. So many questions crossed my mind: Did they have the right to enter my home, even though the door wasn’t locked without a search warrant and go through every room of my house and my private possessions just because there had been smoke around the house? I’d been burning wood that way for quite some time and I find it hard to believe my neighbor never smelled my smoke before. Couldn’t they have gone around the house before they entered and seen the smoke coming from the chimney? .Why did they enter when they didn’t find any smoke in the house when they first poked their head inside the door? It took me a long time before I got over it. I went to the police station to speak to the police chief who wasn’t there and the dispatcher said she’d leave a message for me to have the police chief call me. I never heard from him. I went to the mayors office to see if it was a matter of city policy to send an officer outside the city limits to snoop on people and I left a message with the receptionist who promised I’d hear back from the mayor. I never heard from her. I had planned to go see the sheriff himself but had talked to other residents of the county who told me that they had had their home invaded also. I figured the sheriff wouldn’t talk to me either. So I posted this story on my blog and planned to put it in the local paper when I figured that would only stir up trouble I wasn’t in a position to deal with. This story isn’t new or unique but it brings to mind how the authorities abuse their power.

    • Quester55

      Would you be Shocked to learn that most officer’s use what is legally called, ” Assumed-Authority “, in place of True Authority?

      As Long as You have NO Witness to what is Happening, Those with Badges can get away with MURDER & you are Powerless to Stop Them In Most Cases.
      But Be Happy, this is the results of Allowing our Governments get out of our Control!
      Remember those Old foolish Words: That would Never happen in My State, my County or that Big one, my Country! ? But it Did, It does & it’s what you VOTED FOR.!

      • Katrael

        Voted for this? In an way of speaking only. I haven’t trusted our government since I was a little kid and I’ve learned why over the years. If a politicians lips are moving he’s lying.

        This “assumed-authority” reminds me of “color of law”. Both are bogus, but both exist. I agree that there isn’t much if anything that we can do about it.

        Now fess up: you voted for this also?

        I don’t see any political solution to this problem. I’d like to think that Ron or Rand Paul or others like them could be a wise choice, but I don’t even trust them. I guess I’m pretty cynical when it comes to the subject of politicians and government. Me thinks this is a case of letting the fever run it’s course.
        Like someone much wiser than I once said, “keep some powder dry.”

  • Dajeno

    Jennifer Niemeyer anology of comparing this to a drug bust is asinine. Protect the public, sounds like they were after a man eating blood thirsty fawn who was on the FBI’s top ten most wanted. She shows her incompetence along with the idots who set this policy.

  • Quester55

    These days, a Degree in Basket weaving or Finger Painting, is all the College training you need to Qualify for Police Training!
    That & the willingness to be directed like a DRONE, Thus REMOVING your HUMAN Intelligence!
    Bet they had a Fine Bar-B-Que, Later at the Station!!

  • Robert z

    They have been militarizing the police for some time. Did anyone think anything good would come from that? They kick in the wrong doors of the wrong homes countless times and shoot the home owners and NEVER is any cop jailed for it. The cops are untouchable and unaccountable. Just as bad as Nazi Storm troopers and its all LEGAL?