March 15, 2011
killed after being 'hunted' from wildlife park near Burnham
owners of a wildlife park near Burnham-On-Sea believe several
deer that were killed early on Tuesday (March 15th) had been deliberately
hunted out of their enclosure.
number of the animals at Alstone Wildlife Park, near Highbridge,
were pulled free from the muddy banks of the River Brue after
being scared out of their enclosure just after midnight.
But several others could not be saved from the river bank before
the incoming tide swept them away.
Wildlife Park's Helen Duckett says she believes the deer were
herded out of their enclosure deliberately.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We think several of our red deer
were hunted out of their enclosure at around midnight."
"Some were rescued from the mud, but unfortunately a couple
were stuck and were washed away by the tide during the early hours
of the morning."
appealed for any witnesses who saw anyone acting suspiciously
in the Alstone area to get in touch.
anyone happened to be taking their dogs for a late walk and saw
people tampering with the fencing, we urge them to contact Burnham
is one of the deer seen in the Alstone area near Burnham last