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Capitol City Sunday features Wisconsin Deer Trustee

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's new Deer Trustee, Dr. James Kroll and The State Assembly Minority Leader, Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) are this weekend's guests for Capitol City Sunday.

Rep. Barca reacts to the loss of 4,500 jobs in Wisconsin in March.

He calls the continued job losses the most concerning thing in the state right now.

"I think the fact that we're so polarized in this state, I think the fact that there has not been a focus on economic development, there hasn't been nearly enough activity has hurt us enormously," said Rep. Barca.

Rep. Barca wants Republicans to work with Democrats more to find bipartisan solutions to the problem.

He believes if a Democrat defeats Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) in the June recall election, GOP lawmakers would be more willing to work on both jobs and on restoring collective bargaining rights.

"I think they're gonna say, look, a part of this was certainly collective bargaining so lets work with the Democrats, lets find a pathway," said Rep. Barca.

Working with the public is what Wisconsin's new Deer Trustee wants the Department of Natural Resources to do more of this year.

Dr. James Kroll joins is on the program to talk about deer management in the state.

"We relied on a model that has given us not reliable results," said Dr. Kroll.  "We were managing from the top down.  We removed ourselves from the people and talking to the people who are out there all the time."

Dr. Kroll found many problems with the way the DNR manages the population and believes the solution starts with state biologists listening to the concerns of hunters and landowners.

"Listening to them and then negotiating things and the local biologists having more say in what goes on," said Dr. Kroll.  "The states where they're successful in managing their deer and they have high public support, that's what's going on."

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann hosts Capitol City Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW. 

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