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DNR investigates deer thrill killings near Green Lake

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GREEN LAKE - The Wisconsin DNR is investigating the thrill killings of seven deer over the weekend.On Saturday, Nov. 29, the DNR received complaints of gun shots heard overnight northwest of Green Lake. Green Lake Sheriff's deputies located seven dead whitetail deer in various locations within a three-mile area in the towns of Brooklyn and St. Marie.Officials say all deer were shot and left with no obvious attempt to recover them and bear no resemblance to hunting.On Saturday night a Green Lake Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a suspect vehicle after hearing reports of gunshots in the area. A pursuit ensued and ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle. The driver, an adult man, was not injured in the crash and was taken into custody.Investigators believe more deer were killed illegally and more people are involved."During the annual nine-day gun deer season, more than 600,000 licensed hunters take to the woods to enjoy Wisconsin's great outdoors and the fine traditions surrounding the annual deer hunt,"DNR Conservation Warden Nate Ackerman said. "These hunters are ethical and work hard to legally harvest a deer. This appears to be a case of wastefully killing wildlife without reason, an act which is abhorrent to real hunters."If you have any information regarding this investigation, you can contact Nate Ackerman at 920-369-6028 or the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office at 920-294-4000. You can also call the confidential DNR tip line at 800-TIP-WDNR or 800-847-9367.{}{}
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