Target: Jon King, Administrative Warden, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Goal: Create laws to better protect the albino and white deer population
A hunter will face no criminal charges after shooting and killing one of the rarest deer in Wisconsin because of a technicality. The deer, so rare because of its white coloring, was one of a population of less than ten white or albino deer in the Wisconsin area. Although the hunter was from out of town, he had hunted in the area on numerous occasions and should have known better. The town is full of avid hunters, and because of the rarity of these white and albino deer there is an unspoken code to protect them. However, this deer was in an area deemed a chronic wasting disease (CWD) zone, giving the hunter free access to shoot.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in the brains of the infected animals. The symptoms include loss of body condition, behavioral abnormalities and ultimately death. In an effort to control the spread of CWD, the Department of Natural Resources have creased CWD zones; hunters are told to hunt in theses specified zones to reduce the number of deer in the infected area with the hopes of slowing the spread of the disease. Since this white deer was in an area deemed a chronic-wasting-and-disease zone it was technically not illegal to kill it.
The white deer, which are illegal to shoot in other areas of the state, become fair game in these zones because they are as likely as any other deer to contract the disease. However, these deer are so rare that they deserve protecting. There needs to be a better solution.
The hunter, who has hunted in this area on multiple occasions, abandoned his campsite after the incident, but was overheard saying he would soon return. The town’s people are furious with this break in trust and lack of protection for this rare creature. Sign the petition to tell the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to create better protection for the white and albino deer. There are so few left in the Wisconsin area, and it would be a tragedy to see them all disappear.
Dear Mr. King,
A hunter has violated moral and social codes by shooting a rare white deer. Because this deer was in a designated chronic-wasting-disease-zone, the hunter did not break any laws and will go unpunished. However, this is a much bigger issue than devising a punishment for one hunter who did not break any laws. There needs to be better protection for these white and albino deer.
These deer are exceptionally rare; there are less than ten white or albino deer in the Wisconsin area. Residents will oftentimes track the whereabouts of these deer and consider them part of the scenic beauty of Wisconsin. If there is not a better protection plan implemented, these deer could disappear entirely. Please devise a better solution for protecting these white or albino deer, even if they have wandered into zones designated chronic-wasting-disease-zones.
[Your Name Here]
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