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Wisconsin Hunters Express Concern After ‘Thrill Killing’ Of 40 Deer

Suspect Faces 45 Days In Jail


The illegal killing of 40 deer has struck a chord with Wisconsin’s hunters, according to state Department of Natural Resources officials.

Joshua Peterson, a 19-year-old resident of Mondovi, has been found guilty in Buffalo County Circuit Court of offenses related to the shooting up to 40 deer in what’s being called a case of “thrill killing.”

An unnamed juvenile accomplice was also accused of participating in the shooting.

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According to agency officials, many of the deer that the two killed were left to rot. Warden Bob Jumbeck credits a concerned citizen with a tip that led to the arrests.

“This case has struck a chord with a lot of people in that area where this was occurring,” he said. “We have received other calls because of it. People find a dead deer, they want us to look into it just to make sure that something like this isn’t occurring.”

Peterson’s sentence includes 45 days in jail, a loss of all hunting and fishing privileges for six years, fines of more than $3,700 and 200 hours of community service.