By Greg Mercer
Deb Swidrovich and her husband have long tried to stop illegal poaching in their backyard and on the surrounding rural lands in this quiet corner of Waterloo.
But recently, that ongoing dispute took a gruesome twist. On Thursday, Swidrovich found two severed deer heads stuck up on display near her home on Wilmot Line.
One was strapped to the top of a fence post, the other placed on a tree right at the edge of Conservation Drive — both within the City of Waterloo boundary where bow and rifle hunting are strictly prohibited.
Their antlers had been removed and, in one case, an electrical cord was used to fasten the head to the fence post.
Swidrovich thinks the deer heads were put there by someone retaliating for calls to the police against hunters in the area earlier this month.
"I think they're trying to send a message," she said. "They're saying 'we're not going anywhere.' They're blatantly showing their kill."
Swidrovich hopes by going public she can draw attention to a poaching problem she says is commonplace in this rural, northwestern corner of Waterloo. She wants anyone with information about the poaching problem to call police and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
While hunting is permitted on the western side of Wilmot Line, in the township, it's not allowed on the eastern side, which is within city limits.
Anyone caught discharging a firearm or bow within the City of Waterloo can draw criminal charges and municipal bylaw fines of up to $5,000. More....