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WI - Teens drinking, driving, and killing deer

The Associated Press
11/30/2007

STANLEY, Wis.—Almost a dozen teens in two vehicles drove around drinking beer and shooting at deer, killing one of them, before one of the youths put the animal's heart and tongue in a girl's high school locker, authorities say.

The discovery Oct. 18 in a locker at Stanley-Boyd High School led two state conservation wardens to investigate, and they learned the antler-less deer had been killed the night before in the incident involving 11 people, the criminal complaint said.

"Two vehicles were used and the occupants ranged in age from 14-18 years of age. Both vehicles shined (deer in) multiple locations and two individuals in each vehicle shot multiple times. The group shot at as many as 16 deer at five separate locations in Chippewa and Clark counties," Warden Lance Goette's report states.

"It was stated that seven of the individuals were drinking beer. Of those seven, four handled loaded firearms and three drove a vehicle at some time that night."

One teen shot a buck, but the animal limped into the woods and couldn't be found.

Another teen then shot the doe, which was taken to his house and field dressed.

One of the teens then took the heart and tongue to the locker of a girl not involved in the incident.

Four of the youths were charged as adults with felony offenses, while others have been referred to juvenile authorities.

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