Madison, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has
picked a national expert to serve as Wisconsin’s deer czar.
James C. Kroll will begin work immediately on a study of the
Department of Natural Resources’ herd management practices. His
preliminary report is due in March.
Walker promised during his campaign to appoint someone to review
the DNR’s management techniques. Hunters have been complaining for
years that the DNR’s population control strategies have devastated
the state’s herd.
Kroll serves as director of the Institute for White-tailed Deer
Management and Research at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Walker’s administration describes Kroll as “the world’s foremost
expert in modern deer herd management.”
DOA officials didn’t immediately return messages asking how much
the state will pay Kroll.