Authorities in Barron and Dunn counties are investigating a possible link between an extremist animal rights group and a series of vandalized deer hunting stands in both counties, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a Friday, Nov. 8, press release.
The sheriff said the two departments are comparing notes about incidents in which a tree stand was torn down and vandalized in the Prairie Farm area, and "several other cases in Dunn County" involving the destruction and/or vandalization of hunting stands and trail cameras.
Dunn County had more cases of damaged deer stands, and the stands in Barron County had vulgar language spray painted on them, Fitzgerald said.
"There may be a possible connection to a group called Animal Liberation Front ... an international, leaderless resistance (organization) that engages in direction action in the pursuit of animal rights," Fitzgerald said.
As Wisconsin's gun deer season approaches, "we are asking hunters, trail riders and the general public" to report acts of vandalism and/or suspicious activities by calling 911, he added.