Poachers kill and skin deer in Winterbourne field

November 19 2019
Poachers kill and skin deer in Winterbourne field

POLICE and the RSPCA are investigating after a deer was killed by poachers in Winterbourne.

A landowner stumbled upon a carcass in Winterbourne in the middle of a field on November 6.

The landowner, who has asked not to be named, said the deer, which had roamed free in the area, appeared to have been attacked by poachers using lurcher dogs.

He said: “We love having the deer roam the fields and they're no bother to our customers' horses. The poachers had skinned the deer and left the head and skin in the middle of our field.”

Anyone who noticed suspicious behaviour has been asked to contact the police.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said: “It is believed the deer may have been attacked by dogs. The force's rural crime team have been made aware of the incident.”

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “Hunting animals with dogs is very cruel. That's why the 2004 Hunting Act prohibits the hunting, or ‘poaching’ of any kind of wild animal with dogs, including deer. This must have been a very distressing find for the landowner.”