Help us by signing your name! With enough online signatures, we can show the state legislature and the Wisconsin DNR just how important it is to protect these rare animals.
We changed petition providers in March and added a new box for comments. Here are some of those comments:
- The white deer are sacred to the Native Americans. We don’t shoot Eagles cuz they are sacred to us, let us show the same respect to the true Americans. (April 5–Colleen–Madison, WI)
- The white deer are beautiful and rare, less than 100 in Wisconsin. It has much greater value alive as it attracts many tourists to Boulder Junction and many people feel white deer have almost a spiritual value. If hunting is allowed the white deer will quickly be annihilated so it will be a very short hunting season. For over 70 years white deer have been protected. Why must we kill all things rare and beautiful? (April 3–Sue–Presque Isle, WI)
- White and albino deer are a valuable asset to both county and state. It would be a big mistake to lift the current protection. (April 3–Tom–Alma, WI)
- In these times of hopelessness the white deer gives us hope. Hope that not everything that is beautiful, and innocent will be destroyed because of ignorance, and greed. I’m tired of the constant disrespect for nature. (March 31–Robin–Howell, MI)
- These animals are sacred to History and Crown and Church. Named Whitehart has stood since the Celts and feared for there good luck, if harm came to these beasts. Under the name of the Hollyrod Blessed King James Harm thee not the Kings Deer. (March 31–John–Mackay, Australia)
- Each year, my family spends thousands of tourism dollars while seeking out and photographing white and albino deer. We generally head to Northern Wisconsin twice in the summer and to the Sauk-Prairie area many times throughout the year.
Even my restaurant business in Madison, WI generates tourism income from people in transit to catch a glimpse of these animals.
The albino deer population has been cut by approximately in Vilas County alone via poaching and car accidents. Verification of this may be done by contacting Mike and Marshia Crowley in Boulder Junction who closely monitor the local herd there which is down to just two females as of 2014. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 715-358-0244.
There are plenty of brown deer for hunters to harvest, but only a very small gene pool of white and albino deer.
I would also like to respect the Native & American Indian peoples of Wisconsin who hold these animals as sacred.
Please seriously consider all the benefits of long-term preservation of these rare animals as opposed to any perceived benefit (which would be very short-term, as the white/ albino populations would be quickly decimated) from allowing them to be killed.
Though I am not a frequent hunter, I do purchase the annual Wisconsin Patron’s License with every extra option as a way of ensuring better conservation of Wisconsin’s Natural Resources. Without there being an overall strong commitment to our state’s environment by the DNR, I would surely have to the western states long ago.
Thank you for your consideration. (March 31–Bregan–Madison)
- Please make the protection of the white deer and albino deer permanent! These (deer) are already on the brink of extinction, and we owe it to future generations to protect such rare and beautiful creatures that Wisconsinites and tourists enjoy having the chance to see! Thank you. (March 25–John–Fountain City, WI)
- We are nothing without compassion. Set a precedent. “Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.”― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (March 18–Janis–Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
- Every effort should be made to preserve these rare and beautiful creatures. So many people, including me, can only hope to catch a glimpse of one in this lifetime. Please take the appropriate measures to protect them so that this might be possible. (March 17–Smitha–Los Angeles, CA)
- I saw a white deer and was awe struck by its beauty. Let them live! (March 17–Eileen–Flemington, NJ)
- No animal appears in nature by accident. Indigenous cultures throughout the world see the appearance of white animals as sacred messengers, and in destroying them we are doing humanity a great disservice. Whether one agrees with these beliefs or not, they are beautiful animals, valuable in their own right, and should be treated with respect. The Kermode, “Spirit” Bear of British Columbia has been granted protection as a subspecies of the Black Bear according to indigenous significance, and the White Lions of Timbavati, South Africa are also working towards a similar vision. These White Deer are no different and also deserve to be protected. (March 17–Catherine–Mission, British Columbia, Canada)
- If this type of animal has the genetic strength to survive, who are we to decide it is not worthy to live? Please spare the lives of these beautiful creatures. (March 16–Patricia–Cheshire, CT)
- There are plenty of the regular deer to hunt down and, sadly, kill. Please leave these rare white treasures alone, and do not allow them to be hunted down and killed. (March 16–Renee–Eau Claire, WI)
- Please, Wisconsin – do the right thing and protect these incredible animals!!! (March 16–Pamela–Indian Rocks Beach, FL)
- Would love to come visit and spend some tourist dollars viewing the white deer. It’s hard to believe that they aren’t protected. (March 16–Billita–Carpentersville, IL)
- I was shocked to hear that Gregory Kazmierski was suggesting that you legalise the harvesting of albino deer. Certainly these rare and beautiful creatures are a tourist draw. I suspect that they could be much more valuable alive rather than dead. I urge you to keep this treasure safe and reject any proposal which would make it legal to hunt or even injure any of these ghosts of the forest. (March 16–Mary–Verdun, Quebec, Canada)
- I cannot believe you are killing the beautiful white deer. They harm no one and deserve to live just like you folks in Wisconsin do. If this continues all of our wildlife will be (extinct) and someday our grandchildren will look upon this generation as ignorant … Please do not let any more murders continue there. (March 16–Mary–Grand Haven, MI)
- Any state that would slaughter that which makes one’s state a destination of interest won’t be a destination of interest much longer. (March 16–Donna–Tucson, AZ)