"Why would a zoo educate children that it's OK to murder a wild animal who doesn't even belong behind bars?" another person asked.
Wilhelm said that while rabies vaccines are unpleasant, they only last a few seconds. To avoid that temporary discomfort, he explained, "a life was ended that didn't need to be ended."
People have questioned whether Wisconsin's public officials handled the situation appropriately, considering they immediately placed killing Rebel on the table. But unfortunately, Rebel's death is just the latest in a string of tragic decisions backed by questionable wildlife policies.