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Waupaca judge says wild animals are protected; felony charges remain in deer slaying

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A judge in Waupaca says wild animals are protected under Wisconsin's animal cruelty laws.

Because of that, Circuit Judge Philip Kirk will not drop felony charges against one of three men accused of running down deer with their snowmobiles.

Public defender Troy Nielsen said the animal cruelty law demands that a victim belong to somebody like a pet owner.

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