Armed agents with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources raided an animal shelter on the Kenosha-Illinois border and killed a fawn two weeks ago, according to WISN-TV.
The Society of St. Francis told the TV station that nine DNR agents and four deputy sheriffs, who were "armed to the teeth," corralled the shelter's employees and then searched for the baby deer.
"I was thinking in my mind they were going to take the deer and take it to a wildlife shelter, and here they come carrying the baby deer over their shoulder. She was in a body bag," shelter worker Ray Schulze said. "I said, 'Why did you do that?' He said, 'That's our policy,' and I said, 'That's one hell of a policy.'"
The shelter had planned to send the fawn to a wildlife preserve in Illinois.
Supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer said the DNR agents tranquilized the fawn and then euthanized her off-site.
Authorities learned an Illinois family brought the fawn to the shelter due to two anonymous tips. Wisconsin law forbids the possession of wildlife.
"They went way over the top for a little tiny baby deer," Schultz said.