Government Removes Another Dire Threat to the Republic


This is, or was, Giggles.  She was turned in to an animal shelter in Wisconsin.  The shelter arranged to send her to a wildlife preserve in Illinois that helps reintroduce such deer to the wild.  The day before she was to be moved, state officials with military-style weaponry descended on the shelter and eventually took Giggles out in a body bag, having killed her as a matter of state policy.  When asked why they did not just call and discuss the matter with the shelter, which would have duly informed them Giggles was bound for a wildlife preserve, the head agent said:

"If a sheriff's department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don't call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug that they have before they show up,"

That is how the government sees all of us, as criminals and not as citizens.   Fortunately, the state has some restraint

The DNR told WISN 12 News despite the allegations outlined in its search warrant, it will file no charges against the shelter.

Gee, thank you master.  Apparently, the shelter did not have the proper permit.  Gasp.

Hat Tip, so to speak, to Popehat

PS- Left unsaid, of course, is why the DNR needs a paramilitary group and weaponry.  I sense a Radley Balko post coming.


  1. chiliferealty:

    Just unbelievably wasteful

  2. Matthew Slyfield:

    I live not too far from that shelter. The Wisconsin DNR should be ashamed of itself.

    "Left unsaid, of course, is why the DNR needs a paramilitary group and weaponry."

    What, you didn't know that poaching was an organized activity run by the Mafia?

  3. MNHawk:

    I bet these government types felt just like Seal Team Six, bringing down Bin Giggles.

  4. mesaeconoguy:

    No, the WI NEA had no comment.

    [Used to live near there, too.]

  5. Benjamin Cole:

    Just awful. Remember, if you give government a power---the power to tax, or have a standing military or spy agency, to regulate crop production, or to have SWAT teams---that power will be abused.

  6. marque2:

    "What, you didn't know that poaching was an organized activity run by the Mafia?"

    They are going to boil Giggles? Gasp!

  7. Fred_Z:

    " I sense a Radley Balko post coming."

    Oh well, then, that's great, Keyboard Kommandos solve the problem.

  8. Cardin Drake:

    They sent 13 armed public employees to get a deer that was one day from being released into a wildlife preserve. A properly staffed agency would not have time to deal with a baby fawn. This is a clear illustration of too many government employees who aren't doing enough useful work. The proper response is to cut the agency's budget 25%. If they still have time to deal with this kind of stuff, cut it another 25%.

  9. morgan.c.frank:

    i think you may have just created my new favorite method for managing bureaucracy.

    we need an agency whose entire job is to create this sorts of "honeypots" for other federal agencies and see if they can coax them into massively wasteful use of resources.

    every time they catch one, bang, budgets get slashed.because no agency that was not overstaffed would waste time and money like that.

    we don't even need an agency, just a sort of reward system that would turn the public into sort of anti bureaucracy privateers and make every government agency think long and hard before they did anything this dumb.

  10. marque2:

    Interesting point. The folks who brought the deer in in the first place were a bit out of touch. Fauns have spots so they can sit and hide in the shadows while mom goes out and forages. I have seen "abandoned" fawns in the woods myself - but knew better than to grab them and take them to animal rescue in a neighboring state (faun was orig. From Illinois) because I knew the mom would come back.

    Folks have become really out of touch with nature.

  11. Ashlyn:

    Oh, God, no. You mean in all likelihood Mama Deer came back to find her baby gone because humans kidnapped him and shot him for no reason?

    This is worse than Bambi.

  12. marque2:

    Yup - you got it.

  13. Duane Gran:

    I'm having a hard time getting my mind wrapped around the idea that someone in the midwest is trying to save a deer. It isn't like these are endangered owls. In my time living in Indiana they were widely regarded as a scourge.

  14. ladyhawk:

    Yes. I work with a wildlife rehabber, and they get a continual stream of "kidnapped" fawns, most of whom cannot be returned because it has been too long and the mother will not come back for it. As for the fact that deer are not endangered, that is not why people rehab them. They rehab them because life has value to life, and an injured or orphaned animal matters. The people who are out of touch with nature are those who see animals as commodities and nature as something to be conquered.