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Plan to allow deer as pets getting cool reception from lawmakers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A proposal to let Wisconsin residents keep wild deer is getting a cool reception from lawmakers who say it would amount to selling wild animals.

Gov. Scott Walker told the Department of Natural Resources to find new ways to deal with captive deer after a public outcry last summer when agents seized a fawn from an animal shelter and euthanized it.

The agency responded with a proposal that deer be returned to the wild if they don't pose a health threat. It also suggested changing state law to let people keep deer as pets if they pay fines and meet certain requirements.

Neal Kedzie, the top Republican on the Senate's natural resources committee, says the plan conflicts with the idea of wild animals as a publicly-held natural resource.

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