Sheriff ‘shocked’ by video depicting injured deer, unborn fawn
RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — Officials at the Department of Natural Resources are investigating a possible violation of deer hunting rules after seeing a video that was shared on Facebook claiming “torture” of a deer.
The video posted online shows a phone with a series of Snapchat videos–one showing a deer fetus with the caption “Found out the deer I shot yesterday was actually 2 of em lmao.” Another clip shows a young man riding a deer that appears to be shot and the deer struggling to move.
A third clip shows a pile of entrails and says, “two more babies.”
The caption of the video said the teens involved are from Richland Center.
McKenzie Olson, a senior at Richland Center High, said the two boys in the video are from a different school.
Olson said she first saw the video over the weekend.
“I was sick. I was really sick,” Olson said. “I burst into tears at first.”
A spokeswoman for the DNR said a warden is investigating the video for possible violations of deer hunting rules.
Richland County Sheriff James Bindl said he had received the video Tuesday.
“It shocked me,” Bindl told News 3. He said he was on his way Tuesday afternoon to discuss the issue with the Richland County District Attorney to determine if the actions on the video are criminal.
News 3 talked with the Richland County District Attorney who was not able to comment on the case because it is an open investigation.