Escaped Captive Deer on the loose in Eau Claire County

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  1. By Northwest Region September 18, 2015

    Contact(s): Bill Hogseth, DNR Wildlife Biologist , 715-839-3771; Rick Rosen, DNR warden supervisor, 715-495-0541

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The state Department of Natural Resources is requesting the help of residents of Fairchild and Augusta and the surrounding areas to be on the lookout for five ear-tagged white-tailed deer that escaped from a local captive deer facility.

    Three of these deer left the facility earlier this month. Twelve deer in all walked through a gate that was reportedly left open overnight. The landowner was able to recover nine deer to date.

    The other two ear-tagged deer are still on the loose from an escape in May when a tree fell on the fence causing a breach. Now that the facility owner has been given time to recover the most recently escaped deer, the department is asking residents and landowners to check trail camera images for any ear-tagged deer. Notify the DNR if you record any images of ear-tagged deer or if you observe any in the wild. While yellow plastic ear-tags are most common, please report any deer tagged with any size, shape or color of ear-tag.

    If you see an ear-tagged deer or harvest a tagged deer in the wild, contact the DNR hotline at 1-800-847-9367 immediately for additional instructions.

    Previous notification by the department of prior escapes has created public awareness in the area and the agency would like to thank those who have previously reported ear tagged deer.

    Last Revised: Friday, September 18, 2015