The Department of Administration has retained James Kroll of Nacogdoches, Texas as Wisconsin's white-tailed deer trustee.
Gov. Scott Walker created the trustee postion Sept. 23 in an executive order.
Kroll, a professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, has cultivated the moniker "Dr. Deer" from his work as a deer management consultant, appearances on hunting shows and as author of articles in hunting magazines.
He is charged with an "independent, objective, and scientifically-based review of Wisconsin’s deer management practices." A preliminary report is due no later than March 1.
Kroll was not available for interviews Monday morning. The DOA press release referred to Kroll as the "world’s foremost expert in modern deer herd management."
"Wiscosin is well known for its proud deer hunting tradition," Kroll said in the press release. "I have over 30 years of experience in deer herd management. That, combined with the expertise of staff at the Wisconsin DNR, will provide a solid foundation for a scientifically-based review of Wisconsin's deer management practices. In the end, this work will help Wisconsin's deer hunting tradition to thrive for generations to come."
The white-tailed deer trustee contract is for $125,000, according to the DOA. The funds will be paid by the Department of Natural Resources