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Gardaí search for poachers after deer found shot and decapitated in Meath

One deer was found dead and another had to be put down.

Warning: The bottom of this article contains gruesome images of a dead deer that some readers may find upsetting. 

GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after two deer were shot and one was decapitated on lands in Co Meath.

The gruesome discovery was made on protected lands near Slane according to An Garda Síochána’s Meath Crime Prevention Facebook page.

Gardai say that poachers are to blame for the shootings with a small, light-coloured van seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time.

Graphic images of the scene show the ground stained with blood and the deer suffering horrific injuries.

Gardai say that a second red deer was found alive but had to be put down.

The incident is not an isolated one with a spate of poaching in the Dunsay area having being recently reported.

PastedImage-83336 Source: Facebook/Meath Crime Prevention

“If you know the suspects involved in deer poaching let us know who they are,” local gardaí have said.

“If you have spotted gunmen shooting from their vans or jeeps along the road or using a lamp at night-time to shot deer, this is illegal please contact Slane Garda Station on 041-9824202.”

PastedImage-54312 Source: Facebook/MeathCrimePrevention

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