T-Shirt Put On Wild Deer By Wisconsin Men; Outraged Sparked By Apparent Animal Abuse (VIDEO)

04/12/2013 12:11 pm ET

A Wisconsin community expressed outrage this week after video surfaced of a cruel prank involving a group of men dressing a wild deer in a T-shirt.

The original YouTube video, which has since been taken down, was titled "how to put a T-shirt on a feisty deer" and showed a group of five men setting a trap, then laughingly wrestling a trapped deer to the ground and forcing a bright yellow tee over its head, reports local Fox News affiliate Fox 6 Now.

Clearly laughing, the men eventually let the deer go, and it runs away into the woods near Oak Creek, Wis.

The Oak Creek Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have been alerted and are looking into the video, according to Fox 6 Now. If charged, the men could face a minimum fine of $300 and a maximum of $2,100, not including any additional citations issued by the police.

Speaking with NBC's Milwaukee-based affiliate Today's TMJ4, DNR warden Kaitlin Kernosky said the video was hard to watch.

"It's always tough to see someone act like that toward a wild animal," Kernosky said. "They have an instinct to get away. They're not used to being handled."

Residents of Oak Creek have since reported seeing the deer, still wearing a scrap of the yellow t-shirt around its neck. One resident even took a picture of the deer for Oak Creek Patch. (Like The Huffington Post, Patch is owned by AOL.)

TMJ4 managed to track down one of the men from the video, who released a statement but refused to go on camera.

"We meant nothing by it," he said. "We didn't harm the animal. We apologize for hurting anybody's feelings. We did it just for fun."

The animal seems to be fine, but local FM radio station 99.9 KEKB, for one, has failed to see the humor in the video.

"We never realized animal cruelty was so humorous," the station posted on its website, adding, "[The men] may face fines up to $303. Only $300? Doesn’t seem like enough."

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