Headless deer found on the A338 near nature reserve

Headless deer found on the A338 near nature reserve

Published by Mike Draper at 9:35am 5th February 2020. (Updated at 10:47am 5th February 2020)

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The animal also had gunshot wounds to its legs and body.

The large Fallow buck was found on Wednesday 29th January near Blashford Lake by a member of the public.

A vet who attended the scene along with Country Watch Officers from Hampshire Police said the deer was also probably hit by a vehicle.

Blashford Lakes Google Street View JPG
The deer was found with its head removed on the A338.

The incident comes as the force continues to investigate a number of suspicious sheep deaths in the New Forest.

Hampshire Constabulary say 'at this time, we are not linking this animal death to any other incident."

Fallow deer buck
A male Fallow deer similar to this one was found dead beside the A338 with its head removed.


The force are hoping someone may have vital information.

"We would like to hear from anybody with information relating to this incident or anyone who saw anything suspicious in this area prior to Wednesday morning. 

"We would also like hear from anybody with any information of any illegal poaching happening in the area. "

If you have any information please contact the police via 101 and quote 44200036518. 

You can also email countrywatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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