Appeal after decapitated deer found in Hampshire

A DEER has been found without its head on a road in Hampshire.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 10:09 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 10:21 am

The animal was discovered on the A338 near Blashford Lake in Ringwood on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.

Described as a large Fallow buck, the deer was found to have suffered gunshot wounds to its legs and body and its head had been removed.

A vet attended the scene alongside Country Watch officers and said that the deer had also probably been hit by a vehicle.

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A fallow deer buck. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Police are not linking this animal death to any other incident at this time.

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Hampshire Constabulary says on its website: ‘We would like to hear from anybody with information relating to this incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious in this area prior to Wednesday morning.

‘We would also like hear from anybody with any information of any illegal poaching happening in the area.’

If you have any information please contact the police via 101 and quote 44200036518.

Email [email protected] or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.