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  • Victorian Police have launched investigation into headless deer found on farm properties around the Gippsland region
  • They allege that an organized crime gang is decapitating the animals and selling their heads to fuel their methamphetamine addiction
  • The heads were being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy substances
  • The Samba deer heads fetch up to $300, and are prized for large antlers
  • At least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences related to the criminal activity, with up to ten incidents in a night reported
  • The Australian Deer Association has condemned the actions
  • Police are fitting cameras on farmyards to continue investigation

Police are investigating claims that deer are being illegally poached and decapitated in order to trade their heads for drugs.

Farmers in the Gippsland area of south-eastern Victoria, have reportedly discovered piles of headless deer on their properties after smelling their decayed cadavers.

Police authorities confirmed that the presence of the dead deer on farmland was linked to crime activity by an organized gang who exploited the animals as a way to fund methamphetamine addiction.

24A7090500000578-2907513-image-a-1_1421112550010 Farmers in the Gippsland area of south-eastern Victoria, have reportedly discovered piles of headless deer on their properties

‘These groups have been conveying the heads to Melbourne with an aim to either swap them for drugs or exchange for money to buy drugs,’ said Benalla Detective Sergeant and Agricultural Liaison Officer Shannon Murphy.

It is believed that the deer heads are being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy drugs, with the heads fetching up to $300, Detective Sergeant Murphy told The Age.

‘I wouldn’t say it surprises me, we’ve got some good local hunters who have utilized their skills to support their criminal activities in the only way they can,’ he said.

Detective Sergeant Murphy said that the organized gang had been using lookouts, along with encrypted two-way radios in order to capture and slaughter the animals.

Authorities said that the gang had also been using spotlights on the deer, a species known as Samba, which freeze in the light.

Police in Mansfield, Benalla and Wangaratta confirmed that at least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences related to the decapitating of the animals. 24A6C90E00000578-2907513-image-a-2_1421112556695

The deer heads are reportedly being traded for drugs or sold for cash to buy drugs, with the heads fetching up to $300

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Police in Mansfield, Benalla and Wangaratta confirmed that at least six people have been charged with illegal hunting offences

In the past 18 months the incidents have increased, with Game Management Authority officers reporting that up to ten reports had been recorded in the space of one night.

 

Col Brumbley, Victorian State President for the Australian Deer Association, said that he had never heard of something like this before.

‘The ADA completely condemns this kind of behavior. It’s this element of people who taint it for the rest of us,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘The whole thing is deplorable. The minority of people who want to behave badly should have the full force of the law come down on them,’ he said.

‘Everyone from the organization would have an issue with this. Farmers might have a poacher come in and accidentally shoot stock at night instead of deer, which gives us a bad reputation.’

A farmer from Alexandra, in the Goulburn River region of Victoria, said that he had heard shotguns in the night and had found the headless cadavers of deer both on his property and near the road, reported The Age.

‘To me, they (these illegal hunters) are no better than dogs that see a rabbit and kill it just to kill something,’ he said.

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Police authorities confirmed that the presence of the dead deer on farmland was linked to crime activity by an organized gang who exploited the animals as a way to fund methamphetamine addiction

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The headless deer have been found on properties in the Gippsland region of Victoria

The farmer said that there was an added danger of using high-powered rifles on farm land, as the guns could shoot houses from a thousand metres away.  ‘There is a bit of an ego thing for some people with killing deer with large antlers,’ said Mr Brumbley.

Between 2013 and 2014 approximately 50,000 deer were killed by hunters with licenses, with a majority being the Sambar deer, a breed known for their large antlers.

Police are continuing to operate patrols in the area and were fitting cameras to further their investigation, reported The Age.

The ADA boasts nearly 6,000 members and takes an ethical stance on the organizations approach to deer hunting.

‘We are good people. Hunting is a massive industry and I don’t think we get the attention we deserve, and it’s a shame that something like this draws attention to the minority,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘We’re not a bunch of yahoos running around with guns, doing the wrong thing,’ said Mr Brumbley.

‘This kind of behavior makes us look like a bunch of rednecks, but most of us are educated beyond secondary school. What we do is a legitimate sport and we are just trying to do the right thing,’ he said.

It is believed that the heads are being sold without taxidermy, with Mr Brumbley estimating that taxidermy for deer heads would cost up to $600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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