Have we done this yet?
A spokesman said: 'Having weighed up the potential dangers of what could have happened should the deer have got on the dual carriageway, this was seen as the only option.
'Destroying an animal in this way is done as humanely as possible and is very rare.'
Now, it may be very rare, but a cursory glance over the deer act doesn't seem to have an exclusion for close seasons or calibre requirements etc. on the grounds of public safety!
So, do we think that killing it was legal or not?
Just as a matter of interest, I've thrown in an FOI to see exactly what it was killed with:
Be ye ever so high, the law is above you!