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Hunting season means more injured animal sightingsSubmitted: 10/17/2013
Story By Lex Gray


RHINELANDER - Fall in northern Wisconsin means hunting season to many people. That also means you might see more injured animals around.

Kris from Rhinelander shared a photo with us on Facebook. It shows a goose living with an arrow stuck out of it.

Seeing animals like this is an unfortunate but inevitable part of hunting season.

"Naturally, as a sportsman, we want to see animals that are dispatched humanely and quickly by the hunter," says Jeremy Holtz, a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin DNR. "So you hate to have a situation where an animal isn't immediately killed."

Kris wrote to us the goose still fly, so no one has been able to catch it and help it yet.

Holtz says not every injured animal will die, and sometimes, you can help.

"[If] someone sees an injured animal, and that animal looks like it can live with its injury, it can fly, it can move, many times those animals can get around on their own," Holtz says. "If it looks like the animal can't fly or can't walk, they could probably call a local wildlife rehabilitator."

You can call Wild Instincts in Rhinelander for help with injured animals. Their number is (715) 362-9453.

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