THREE hunters are being investigated for poaching after the decapitated corpse of a Roe deer was found on a private hunting reserve.
The SEPRONA wildlife unit of Burgos Guardia Civil were called to the scene in the Sierra de la Demanda.
Suspecting a case of poaching, the officers stopped a suspicious an all-terrain vehicle where, after a brief search inside the trunk they discovered the head of a male roe deer that had been recently shot.
The three men in the car told police that they had killed the deer in a different hunting ground where they were authorised, taking the head as atrophy. To prove it they showed a tag attached to the horns.
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Police took a closer look and saw the tag had been tampered with so it could be easily removed and reused. When the head was placed against the body it would appear there was a perfect match.
Samples of the body and head were then taken for later analysis and both the head and body of the deer were seized.
Tests later confirmed they head and body belonged to the same animal. E.D.S, O.G.C. and D.G.M., residents of Extremadura, have been put under investigations for a crime against fauna and flora.