I've just had a 'discussion' with some young lass from 'Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital' about releasing foxes, who then turned around and said 'if you see any deer on the plain with tags on I can't shoot them as they are protected' !!! Really? I was of the understanding that a deer is only 'property' once dead, or while within an enclosure, ie, a deer park.
If this is correct, then how can a wild deer be 'protected'?
Id just like to point out that I don't shoot deer on the plain as that's 'DDM' territory, but I'm thinking if one of these so called 'tagged deer' (of which I have never seen one) comes 'off' the plain onto civvy land, what's the score ?
Are there really 'protected' deer out there ?
Is this some kind of 'local agreement' with the MOD? (If so, wouldn't apply on civvy land)
Is it tagged to indicate that it has been treated with 'bute' or similair 'not for food chain' drugs ? (In which case, could be shot, just not eaten)
Or is she just talking rubbish ?(which I strongly suspect)