East Lancashire poaching alert after horrific dead deer discovery

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WILDLIFE champions have reacted with shock after a butchered deer carcass was discovered in a field.

The sika deer had been disembowelled and had its head and hind legs removed before it was found by a dog walker on moorland near Clitheroe.

Now police are urging anybody offered cheap meat on the black market to call them immediately.

PC Carl Chew, Ribble Valley wildlife crime officer, said there had been an increase in the number of cases of poaching reported to them.

He said: “The body had been left hidden at the side of the road behind a dry stone wall.

“It could not be established how the deer had been killed or why it had not been taken away, but we have seen an increase in this type of incident in the area.

“There is a black market because it is cheaper than going to the butchers. The problem is you do not know what you are getting.

“There will be increased police anti-poaching patrols in this area and we will also be utilising local gamekeepers, deer managers and members of the public in trying to identify offenders.

“We are getting calls in relating to these offences but I ask the public to report any incidents which they believe are suspicious.”

The officer put the increase in reports down to alerts being sent out via the Lancashire In The Know system.

The deer, which was found on Twiston Moor, was reported to police on Monday. There are more than 1,000 roe deer, about 100 sika and only around 20 red deer in East Lancashire.

PC Chew said carcasses would often be sold to restaurants, hotels and pubs for between £40 to £60.

Butchers tend to pay around £150 from licensed shooters for the meat.

PC Chew said: “It is not worth the risk.

“In this latest case the deer had been butchered in a field and you do not know what was hanging around. It was probably left overnight and you do not know what has been at it.”

PC Chew said he was planning to hold a rural crime meeting with guest speakers to describe the problems of poaching and what people should be looking for.

Anybody with information about wildlife crime should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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7:33pm Thu 6 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

Hard times. People need to eat. Good protein. The deer might have been injured or dying anyway and killed by an opportunist and not necessarily by a poacher.
Hard times. People need to eat. Good protein. The deer might have been injured or dying anyway and killed by an opportunist and not necessarily by a poacher. happycyclist
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8:22pm Thu 6 Mar 14

mark anthony says...

Think about it. It's not rocket science. Eastern Europeans learn hunting from a very young age
Think about it. It's not rocket science. Eastern Europeans learn hunting from a very young age mark anthony
  • Score: 6

12:09am Fri 7 Mar 14

wrinkles says...

I think it peculiar that the head was removed. Was this done to hide the fact that it had been bled to death in order that the meat been "clean"?
I think it peculiar that the head was removed. Was this done to hide the fact that it had been bled to death in order that the meat been "clean"? wrinkles
  • Score: 6

3:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

napster says...

PC Chew said: “It is not worth the risk.

How ironic PC Chew must know a thing about the tenderness of deer meat
PC Chew said: “It is not worth the risk. How ironic PC Chew must know a thing about the tenderness of deer meat napster
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4:13pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

happycyclist wrote:
Hard times. People need to eat. Good protein. The deer might have been injured or dying anyway and killed by an opportunist and not necessarily by a poacher.
Probably not is the more likley option. Chances are this poor animal suffered before being killed. Likley it was chased down by dogs or shot and probably wounded. Hope they cath these sick barstewards.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Hard times. People need to eat. Good protein. The deer might have been injured or dying anyway and killed by an opportunist and not necessarily by a poacher.[/p][/quote]Probably not is the more likley option. Chances are this poor animal suffered before being killed. Likley it was chased down by dogs or shot and probably wounded. Hope they cath these sick barstewards. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 7

11:09am Sun 9 Mar 14

shytalk says...

There will be many who see no problem with this...As long as it's halal.
There will be many who see no problem with this...As long as it's halal. shytalk
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