Authorities have caught the suspects who stole a young man’s buck in Columbia County, Wisconsin.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department wrote:
“This young man got his deer back today! The suspects have been identified and charged with theft and trespassing. A big thank you to the Facebook sleuths and for everyone who shared this story.”
They continued: “The original post from this hunting family has gotten over 4,500 shares in less than a day. Without that, this quick outcome would not have been possible. Great work by our local DNR Wardens working together with the family and us to come to this resolution.”
Sarah Diehm wrote on Facebook, “My son’s 1st buck. Unfortunately it was stolen right off our property. Please keep an eye out for anyone bragging abt a beautiful unique buck. Reports have been made with Columbia County Sheriff and DNR warden.
ETA: we were hunting off of Hwy O between Portage and Wis Dells.”
She later posted an update: “The deer cape was returned in the night. The meat will be returned when its done being processed. Thank you to everyone who shared our post. I don’t know if we would have gotten the deer back without the FB community. We had many people reach out with support and tips. We also want to thank these officers. They did an awesome job taking care of everything. And they did it in the freezing temperatures.”
WRN reached out to the Columbia county DA’s office. As of 11:30 AM Monday, no charges in the case have been filed and no one is in the Columbia county jail for the theft. Columbia County officials will not release the name(s) of the suspects. We will update the story if/when charges are issued.