Governor Scott Walker says he’ll spare the life of a deer that the DNR wanted to kill.
Walker issued an unofficial pardon Thursday for Charlotte, a doe who was struck by a car along with her mother 15 months ago.
Charlotte was a fawn at the time – and Marvin Graff of Lake Geneva took her in and brought her back to health.
In August, DNR staff members told Graff that the tame deer needed to be euthanized, since she comes from an area with chronic wasting disease.
But the 49-year-old Graff refused to give her up – and he’s now charged in Walworth County with a criminal misdemeanor of taking unauthorized deer from the wild. He’s due in court Wednesday.
Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass wrote about the case Thursday and called it “the worst Christmas story ever.”
Once the governor learned about it, he ordered the DNR to save Charlotte. DNR spokesman Bill Cosh says officials are thinking about placing the deer in a wildlife rehab facility.