BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) - Some deer hunters are suspected of taking the hunt to the suburbs and residents are concerned.
At 14 Mile and Inkster in Bloomfield Township, several residents heard gunshots in a ravine Tuesday and fear potential poaching.
Sarah Yono and her husband recently moved to Lindenmere Drive in Bloomfield Township. They soon realized the Franklin River that runs behind their house is home to dozens of deer. Yono started to snap pictures of the bucks, does and their babies as they often gather nearby.
"Right here on my side yard," she says. "I'll come home home and there'll be 10, 15 of them right here in my yard. I love it."
Then something she didn't expect happened. At mid-day Tuesday she heard four gunshots, one after another.
Several people who live in the area called Bloomfield Township police, claiming they heard the same gunshots. The callers fear someone was trying to illegally hunt for the trophy deer living along the ravine.
"It makes us a little nervous," says Franklin Police Chief Dan Roberts. Roberts says it's happening more than usual. His department received the same complaints in the same area twice over the past two weeks.
In fact, state conservation officers say they have seen an increased demand for large antlered deer, which are targeted by poachers.
"You can't be hunting in a populated area," Roberts says. "It's very dangerous, especially if they are using a high powered deer rifle that could potentially do a lot of damage."
Yono fears the possibility of something bad happening, saying that the back of her house is nearly all windows.
"It does frighten me a little," she says. "If there is someone out there poaching, and they're poaching in the dark or before the sun rises and they miss, then yeah, that could be very dangerous."
Earlier this year Michigan strengthened it's penalties for poaching. If caught violators could face stiffer fines. Their license would be revoked an extra two years on top of possible jail time.
The problem is, Roberts says the hunters can be hard to track down.
"By the time our officers get there, if it's one or two shots, usually it's very difficult to determine who is doing it unless we have a really good witness," Roberts says.
After the calls came in Tuesday, a Bloomfield Hills Township police officer when door to door to try to locate where the shots came from. Video.