Officer forced to kill deer shot with arrow in Shady Oaks neighborhood
Texas Parks and Wildlife wardens searching for man hunting deer from black truck
SAN ANTONIO - Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens increased patrols in the Shady Oaks neighborhood after at least two deer were found shot with arrows.
On Sunday, a police officer was forced to euthanize an injured deer that had an arrow embedded in its neck.
Residents first noticed the injured doe about a week ago when a buck was found shot to death with an arrow and left on the side of the road.
"This situation is called poaching," said Roland Fuentes, a game warden investigating the illegal hunting. "They're definitely not sportsmen."
Fuentes said he is checking into reports of a person hunting with a bow and arrow from a black pickup truck that some residents have seen in the area.
Fuentes said it’s not uncommon to see a spike in deer poaching as we move into hunting season. Many times they target big bucks and remove their heads for trophies.
Some residents complained people feeding the deer is causing the problem. However, Fuentes said there's no laws against feeding them. He said it's possible a resident may be doing the killing.
"I'm not saying they are doing it, but there are people out there in these subdivisions that don't like the deer," Fuentes said.
Joseph Velten, the president of the Shady Oaks Home Owners Association, said this is not a new problem. He said they lose a few deer to poachers every year.
Residents who like the deer were upset about the illegal hunting.
"It's in the city, it's against the law," said Sylvia Foster, a long-time resident. "They were here first. If you don't like it, go someplace else."
Foster said a few years ago, she found a large pool of blood and an arrow in her driveway where another deer had been killed. She thinks the poachers should face stiff penalties.
"I'd fine them to the hilt. I'd throw the book at them," Foster said.
Others were worried the hunters will injure someone. Jay Secrest said last year a resident had an arrow go through her window and land in the living room.
"It's very dangerous. My wife and I have five children, so we're very concerned," Secrest said. "Just leave the deer alone. There's all types of hunting arrangements outside of town and all over Texas. So go do your hunting somewhere else."
Fuentes said whoever is responsible faces jail time and fines if they get caught. He said residents should call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-792-GAME to report any illegal hunting.
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