SAN ANTONIO - Residents in a quiet North Side neighborhood were upset Monday over the recent deaths of several deer in their community.
Sunday night, residents living in the Shady Oaks neighborhood found a deer in neighbor's front yard that had been shot and killed with an arrow.
Mary Frischmuth was one of several neighbors who were disturbed by the discovery of the deer found in a yard located near the intersection of Palo Duro and Crooked Hill.
"It's very distressing. Very distressing," said Frischmuth. "The arrow went straight through the entire body. It was just quite a sad thing. I really have no idea who might be doing the cruel things."
Residents said this isn't the first time they found a deer that had been shot by someone.
"I've seen two," said Taylor Nicholson. "One with an arrow and one with a missing head. They cut the head off and took it."
Nicholson said he loves the free roaming deer so much he even installed a deer feeder to attract them to his yard. He said most of the deer are so tame you can feed them by hand.
Nicholson is also a hunter and can't stand to see an animal go to waste.
"Waste of meat and stuff like that," Nicholson said. "I just think that if they shoot it, they should pick it up, not leave it out."
While no one reported seeing anything suspicious Sunday night, Nicholson said he's seen evidence of illegal hunting in the past.
"There is a black Ford F-150 that drives around and shoots deer with a bow out of the window," Nicholson said. "No one's caught him yet."
Nicholson said he believes the poachers are going after the 20 or so large bucks living in the area. He now plans to put up some cameras on his property in hopes of catching the poacher in the act.
Calls to the local Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden's Office were not returned on Monday.
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