Poached deer

This 2018 file photo shows the partially decomposed and scavenged bodies of more than 30 illegally killed deer discovered by the Department of Natural Resources in southern Price County.

Last fall, over 30 illegally killed deer were found in the fields and ditches of southern Price County — some with their heads removed, but many left to rot where they fell.

An investigation into the poaching led by local conservation warden Joe Paul of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found the majority of the deer had been shot at night with the aid of artificial light in an alleged thrill-killing spree. A small number of deer had been illegally harvested and butchered, although the meat was later discarded when the case came under investigation.

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