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  • "i'm afraid you're wasting your time trying to get dog owners to obey any controls, especially when they have the backing of morons like Bigfella777 (Bigfella, tiny intelect) and Niel.

    Dogs should be able to do what they want, where they want. Livestock, deer, wildlife, matters not. Of course, if an uncontrolled dog gets bitten by after terrorising an adder then all the adders should be murdered as well.

    Everybody may as well just give up and accept that all Nature Reserves are dog exercise areas and toilets. End of.

    If it were me i would suggest the wildlife trust reinstate a few sheep (if they aren't there already) and also employ a trained marksman to gun down any uncontrolled dogs that worry them. Perhaps then they'll keep them on a lead...but i doubt it."
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Deer mauled by dogs at St Catherine’s Hill near Winchester

Deer mauled by dogs at Hampshire beauty spot

A deer

The roe deer was set upon by a pack of dogs.

First published in Environment

OWNERS are being urged to keep dogs under control after a deer was savaged by a group of hounds at a Hampshire beauty spot.

The roe deer died from the injuries it received in the mauling at St Catherine’s Hill, near Winchester.

The popular location for walkers is run by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

It tried to ban dogs from the site in 2006, unless kept on a lead, because several grazing sheep were attacked.

After protests from dog owners the ban was shelved. Since then, several more sheep have been attacked and put down, the trust said.

The roe deer has now become the latest casualty.

A statement from the trust said: “This is a shocking and irresponsible occurrence that took place on a busy Saturday in full daylight on a nature reserve where the public enjoy wildlife.

“This has happened despite the wildlife trust investing in a great deal of positive outreach with dog-walkers and installing new signs setting out what is expected of dog-walkers visiting the nature reserve.”

The trust added that the deer was attacked by what is thought to be a group of up to four Afghan hounds.

It is now asking owners to keep their dogs on leads, or at least close enough to supervise them at all times.

Anyone who saw the attack is urged to contact reserve officer Mike Allen on 07831 692963 or 01962 828629.

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