Investigation reveals two canines kill deer on deer farm

By KBJR News 1

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 9:18 PM CDT

Webster, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- An investigation reveals two dogs are responsible for a deadly attack on a privately owned deer herd near Webster, Wisconsin last Tuesday.

The owner of the deer farm says he heard his deer bouncing off the fences that morning, and came out to see his deer being attacked and killed.

By the time the owner reached his deer, 10 of his 57 deer were killed.

He then shot and killed the dogs to stop them from killing more of his deer.

Initially USDA trappers that picked up the carcasses called them "hybrid" wolves, but there is now confirmation they were husky dogs.

"They're both canines, they're predators, they have that instinct. Most dogs probably, since they're living close to people, have lost some of that but there's hunting dogs and you never know... it's hard to say. I can say that it's very rare that we have these kind of problems though. I've never had, personally I've never had anyone call me and say a dog is killing my livestock or deer," said Chris Balzer, wildlife manager with the Cloquet DNR in Minnesota.

Wisconsin wildlife officials continue to investigate the incident.

Elsa Robins