Authorities are conducting an investigation on a group of Wisconsin teens after 40 deer and a horse have turned up dead in the last few weeks.
News 9, a news outlet in Wisconsin, spoke to Lt. Robin Barnhardt, a Conservation Warden team supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Black River Falls, about the situation. According to Barnhardt, the group had received reports from community members. They report finding dead deer with bullet wounds.
If the teens are guilty, authorities will charge them with at least two Class A misdemeanors. They include hunting deer with the aid of artificial light and hunting outside of the designated gun deer season.
Barnhardt said that this type of killing is not legal, nor is it ethical, and doesn’t even consider it hunting.
“Legal and ethical hunters absolutely, positively divorce themselves from this activity. This is not hunting. This is wanton and random killing.”
He said that this was an ongoing activity for many different groups of high schoolers in the area. In total, the teens killed at least 40 deer and a horse in Clarks County.
“During the course of that investigation, the Warden’s contacted students at several high schools and several communities in Clark County. [They] made the determination that several groups of juveniles had been involved in these activities at night for several weeks. These juveniles were going out, spotlighting deer, shooting them with firearms, and just leaving them to rot in the field.”
Group of Teens “Thrill Kill”
According to the Conservation Warden, these “thrill kill” situations happen every now and then.
“These types of incidents are not common, but they’re not uncommon,” said Barnhardt. “They happen in a variety of locations around the state in the fall, and game wardens use the term ‘thrill kill’ for these types of incidents. Typically they involve groups of young males, usually folks in their late teens, general of legal driving age, or early 20’s.”
In addition, the investigation could potentially take months. However, when it is over, the Clark County District Attorney’s Office will “reach an appropriate and fair level of enforcement.”
[H/T News 9]