Conservation Officers in Elkford want to know who shot a local deer with an arrow.
COs are asking for information after they located the wounded animal and safely removed the arrow from its head.
Patricia Burley says they believe the doe will be okay.
“At least the animal is fine, but I would say even two inches lower, it would have hit the deer in the brain,” Burley says. “It was very lucky for the situation.”
She’s concerned that it may have been shot near people’s homes.
“There is no hunting season whatsoever for this animal,” Burley says.” We believe that this deer was not only hunted out of season, but shot with a crossbow within Elkford, which is a no hunting area.”
Reports of the doe were first received on Tuesday.
Burley is calling on the person who shot the animal to come forward.
“We’re looking for local residents to come forward that know any information regarding a hunter that has a crossbow. They can give us information on the make and model,” Burley says. “Even the person who did it can come forward by calling the RAPP line. Maybe it was an honest mistake that they were trying to shoot a mule deer just outside of town.”
Anyone who knows more about the incident is asked to call the Conservation Officer service.
(Photo by Stacie Vandergrift-Dixon)
– Conservation Officer Patricia Burley