My column this morning has set off political spasms in Wisconsin, where the politicians don’t want to be blamed for killing Charlotte the deer just days before Christmas.
After a grassroots “Save Charlotte” campaign was launched by angry Tribune readers, Wisconsin Gov.
scott Walker and a local prosecutor promised late today that the deer will be saved.
As explained in today’s paper, Charlotte’s mother was killed by a car in the Lake Geneva area, and local resident Marvin Graaf took in the mother’s fawn, Charlotte. But keeping such a wild animal is illegal, and Wisconsin authorities insisted that she must be “humanely euthanized.”
Tribune readers inundated the offices of Walker and of the Walworth County district attorney handling the case.
Walker issued a press release declaring, "I'm directing the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) to save Charlotte."
The DA, Phillip A. Koss, answered one angry email this way: “Thank you. I have ordered the Assistant DA handling the case to spare the deer.”
That assistant DA, Haley Rea, told the Tribune: “We’re working on an alternative plan for the deer.” She did not have details, but said “it seems she is going to live, yes.”
But Graaf, who rescued Charlotte — and who is being prosecuted for this “crime” — said he’ll remain skeptical of politicians' promises until he sees results and is assured that Charlotte will be safe.
“Yes, I’m suspicious,” he said. “I’m worried about it. … I guess they’re looking for a place to put her because it’s (the publicity is) getting bad.”
See tomorrow’s Tribune for more.