Police carried out a search in north Fermanagh on Friday in relation to concerns about deer poaching.
A police spokeswoman said “a number of items” were taken away for examination and enquiries are ongoing.
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The spokeswoman added that police carried out the search with “a number of other agencies”.
She said because enquiries are ongoing, “it would inappropriate to comment any further.”
She emphasised that “PSNI take all concerns regarding wildlife crime seriously”.
Ther spokeswoman further revealed:
“If there are any concerns from the public, PSNI officers in conjunction with partner agencies, can raise the profile of the Operation Wild Deer initiative to help address the issues in partnership.”
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Operation Wild Deer was established in 2013, a partnership between the PSNI, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the British Deer Society, Countryside Alliance Ireland, Cookstown Council, Forest Service NI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Scottish Association for Country Sports and Crimestoppers.
In response to recent media coverage of deer poaching in The Clogher Valley area, police raised the profile of Operation Wild Deer.
The most common form of deer poaching locally is ‘lamping’, whereby gangs drive along a roadside; use strong, vehicle-mounted lamps to make the deer stand motionless; use night vision equipment on their high-powered rifles to shoot the deer (mainly in the head); and come back later to collect the carcass and sell the meat illegally.
The police spokeswoman stated:
“On occasions when officers are considering deer poaching, firearms offences may also be established and whilst there are many responsible deer stalkers, it is an offence when individuals use firearms to shoot deer on lands where they do not have permission.
“Not only may this be a breach of their Firearms Certificate, but shooting on lands which are not familiar to you, and where you do not know where dwelling houses or sufficient backstops may be both careless and dangerous and a crime and will be investigated as such.
“PSNI would encourage anyone who can concerns about wildlife crime to contact Police on the 101 number,” she concluded.