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Police look for poachers following spate of deer shootings in Saanich

Nov 18 2011

Saanich police are again looking for urban poachers responsible for shooting deer. Four deer have been shot with arrows in the past two weeks, mostly in Gordon Head.

On Nov. 6, an officer had to shoot a deer found on Edgelow Street because it had a severe arrow wound to its chest, police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen said.

On Nov. 10, a deer carcass, its antlers cut off, was found near Willis Point Road. On Nov. 12, homeowners near Ash Road found two arrows with blood and fur on them.

On Nov. 13, a homeowner in the Prospect Lake area saw a deer with an arrow wound to its front shoulder. Police attended, but the deer limped off into the woods and could not be found.

B.C. conservation officer Peter Pauwels said hunters wanting antlers for trophies were likely responsible.

In October and November last year, several deer were shot or decapitated in Saanich.

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