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Wisconsin juveniles suspected in ‘thrill kills’ of deer, horse

More than 40 deer shot, left behind

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Two groups of juveniles from Clark County are responsible for fatally shooting more than 40 deer and a horse in what the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources claims were “thrill kills.”

Early in November people started reporting large numbers of deer being shot and left behind, DNR law enforcement supervisor Lt. Robin Barnhardt said.

The DNR and Clark County Sheriff’s Office determined two separate groups of juveniles were suspected in the killings, the Marshfield News Herald reported.

The juveniles spotlighted the deer in fields at night, shot them and left the carcasses where they had fallen, Barnhardt said.

Wardens are still working on determining if the two groups were connected in some way or if it was just coincidence that they both were doing the shootings at the same time, Barnhardt said.

Once all the information and evidence is compiled, Barnhardt said they’ll meet with the Clark County district attorney and a decision will be made on how to charge the juveniles.

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