Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deer Is Hunted Down and Killed at Nature Reserve

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Deer Is Hunted Down and Killed at Nature Reserve

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia

WILDLIFE guardians have branded as "appalling" the hunting and butchering of a deer at Tyneside's premier nature reserve.

The butchered remains were found on the edge of Gosforth nature reserve in Newcastle, which was founded in 1929, making it one of the oldest reserves in the country.

The reserve is run by the Natural History Society of Northumbria, which has been fighting a series of battles against development plans for land near the reserve.

Society director James Littlewood said: "This incident is appalling. It is bad enough losing land to development without people deliberately killing the wildlife."

What was left of the roe deer was found on the Heathery Lane bridlepath on the fringe of the reserve.

"We called the police out earlier in the year when men were seen hunting deer with dogs in this location at night," said Mr Littlewood.

"We have also found snares in Gosforth Park and seen men who we believe to be setting snares in the early hours of the morning.

"This deer was probably hunted with dogs and would have suffered. Poachers who are involved in this sort of illegal activity are usually also involved in other types of illegal activity."

Roe deer make use of fields and open land around the reserve to move in and out of the site.

"Deer are one of the animals which people enjoy seeing most frequently around the reserve and they often post sightings on social media." said Mr Littlewood.

"The reserve was established as a refuge on the urban fringe so that people could enjoy the wildlife and it is appalling that this sort of activity is happening."

The society is urging people to report any individuals acting suspiciously or any dubious activity to police or the society on 0191 208 2792.

Mr Littlewood said: "We are keen for people living in the area and walking the bridlepath to be vigilant and report any activity that may indicate poaching. …

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