Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Police hunting poachers seize heads of two deer

Two deer heads and carcasses have been seized by police in Fermanagh as part of a probe into allegations of poaching.

One man has been reported to the PPS following the seizures, which were made in Irvinestown following reports that two red deer hinds had been shot in the closed season.

The Countryside Alliance has reported that deer poaching has reached epidemic levels in some parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic, according to area commander Chief Inspector Graham Dodds.

“Deer poaching tends to increase at this time of year, peaking in the weeks before Christmas,” he said. “While hundreds of deer are lawfully and professionally culled by trained deer stalkers each year, many more are cruelly killed by poachers looking to sell the meat on the black market.”

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