Deer targeted in heartless attack


Members of the public are being asked to report any suspicious behaviour in the Crownhill and Estover areas after the deaths of several deer.

Four dead deer have been found by the Council’s farm apprentices in Bircham Valley woods in the last four weeks. The grim discoveries have been reported to local Wildlife Crime Officer as it is suspected that they have been killed deliberately.

The deer live wild in both the Plym and Bircham valleys but can often be seen grazing around Estover.

Chris Avent, Natural Infrastructure Officer said: “It has been upsetting to find the dead deer, especially as most of them were very young. We are monitoring the area very closely to ensure that nobody is accessing the land without permission to shoot.”

PC Chris Collins, wildlife crime advisor, said: “One line of enquiry is that the deer have been killed unlawfully and enquiries are now taking place.  I would encourage anyone, such as dog walkers or people out walking, to please report any activity that seems suspicious.  If anyone has been out in Bircham Valley in recent days and recalls seeing anything unusual, please contact us.”

If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately. In all other instances call the non-emergency number 101 or email the Wildlife Crimes GroupWildlifeCrime@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk For your own safety, do not approach suspects yourself or touch anything at the scene. If possible give information on:

  • What is happening
  • The exact location (a map reference or local landmark can be useful)
  • The date and time of the incident
  • Who is involved (e.g. number of people, clothing worn, tools being carried or any dogs)
  • The make, colour and registration number of any vehicle
  • If it is safe to do so take photos which may be used as evidence and remember to ask the police for an incident reference number and for a Wildlife Crimes Officer to be made aware.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.