By Simon Gilbert
Rangers keep close eye on Coventry nature reserve after limb dragged from woodland by visitor's dog
There are fears poachers are operating in Coventry after a severed deer’s leg was found in a nature reserve.
The gruesome discovery was made after the limb was dragged out of the woods by a visitor’s dog in Tile Hill Wood Nature Reserve, between Hawthorn Lane and Banner Lane.
A notice from Coventry City Council has since appeared at the site urging anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to contact the police and the RSPCA.
Graham Hood, head of Streetpride and Greenspace for Coventry City Council, said: “Incidents of poaching in Coventry are extremely rare.
“Nationally the problem has increased in recent years, but fortunately in Coventry it is not something we have suffered from.
"The incident which occurred in Tile Hill Woods was reported to us by a member of the public and we have responded to that accordingly.
“We have been in touch with the police and our rangers will be keeping a close eye on the woods.
“In other areas of the country it has been known for poachers to butcher an animal on site and that appears to have been the case here.
“We do get deer in a number of our woods, particularly Tile Hill, and we are keen to encourage them and protect them as we are any wildlife.
“If anyone sees anything suspicious or is concerned that poaching may be going on in their area, then they should contact the police.”
Last year the Telegraph reported how a poacher from Coventry was spotted carrying a tiny deer over his shoulder in woodland in Meriden.
Police later tracked down a man who had been carrying a muntjac deer and a gun.
Under the 1991 Deer Act it is illegal to go onto someone else’s land without permission with the intention of killing a deer.