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Sheriff: Man 'finished off' deer with baseball bat, illegally transported it north of Twin Cities

The police should be called to humanely euthanize animals struck by drivers.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a man called police and admitted to killing a deer with a baseball bat after first striking it with his car. 

The vehicle-deer collision happened Sunday morning near the Anoka County-Chisago County line, with the motorist, a 57-year-old Forest Lake man, used a baseball bat to kill the injured deer. 

"Finishing off a deer you hit with your vehicle with a baseball bat, illegally putting it into your truck without a tag, then transporting said deer across county lines to try and get a deer tag isn't the greatest idea," wrote the Chisago County Sheriff's Office in a tweet

Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe told the Star Tribune that any time a deer is injured in a collision with a vehicle, the motorist should call police and have them humanely euthanize the animal.

According to the DNR, a "salvageable" animal fatally struck by a vehicle can be provided to the driver at no charge, but local road authorities should always be involved in that process before a driver takes the animal. Learn more about Minnesota's motor vehicle-killed wildlife rules here

The man in this incident has not been charged with any crimes. 

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