Wildlife officials in Wisconsin said two separate groups of juveniles are responsible for killing more than 40 deer and a horse.
In early November, people started reporting large numbers of deer being shot and left behind, Barnhardt, the DNR’s law enforcement supervisor, told the newspaper. Wildlife officials, aided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, determined that two different groups of juveniles were behind the killings.
Barnhardt said the juveniles spotlighted the deer in fields after dark, the News-Herald reported. During one incident, someone shot a privately owned horse, the newspaper reported.
“It’s not hunting,” Barnhardt told the newspaper. “These young males had no regard for what they were doing or what was behind their targets.”
Barnhardt said eight teens are believed to be behind the killing, but it remains unclear if there is a connection among them, WSAW reported.
Barnhardt added that all of the killings occurred in rural areas of Clark County.
© 2021 Cox Media Group