Deer poaching is illegal. It is a wildlife crime and positive action to combat it can make a real difference not only to wild deer but also to people living in the countryside who may be affected by rural crime in general, Greg Kane, Chairman of the British Deer Society’s Northern Ireland Branch, has said.
Speaking at Davagh Forest, near Cookstown, at the launch of an anti-poaching poster and leaflet campaign organised by the PSNI in support of its Operation Wild Deer initiative in the area, he said: ”The indications are that wild deer poaching has been on the increase throughout Northern Ireland for a number of years. In addition to being illegal, this activity raises potential public safety issues and concerns over deer welfare because of the way it is undertaken.
“Operation Wild Deer, in which a wide ranging group of organisations joined in partnership with the PSNI to combat poaching in the Cookstown area, has already made a valuable contribution to help address this form of rural crime in the Mid Ulster area. The posters
and leaflets being launched today will serve to reinforce this anti-poaching message with the aim of ensuring that Operation Wild Deer’s momentum is maintained.”
Operation Wild Deer was begun by the PSNI during 2012 in response to reports of deer poaching in the area around Cookstown and particularly in the Davagh forest complex.
By working in partnership with stakeholders representing interests ranging from country sports to environmental issues and food safety, the initiative set up by PSNI has delivered a united front against deer poaching. More....