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DNR changes rules to prevent future deer euthanasia

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MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials have crafted a plan that would allow state residents to keep deer they find in the wild.

The Department of Natural Resources' proposal comes after the agency took criticism for seizing a wild fawn named Giggles from an animal rehabilitation center and euthanasia it. Gov. Scott Walker ordered his administration to make sure such a situation never happens again.

The DNR and state agriculture officials have drafted a proposal that would prohibit the DNR from euthanasia a wild animal unless it's sick. People would be allowed to keep a wild deer if they build an enclosure, a veterinarian performs health tests on it and the DNR and agriculture officials are notified of the deer. DNR officials plan to present the proposal to the agency's board next month.

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