Giant red 16-point stag of Burley Estate, named The Monarch, 'shot by poachers' and then found drowned

Giant red '16-pointer' stag 'shot by poachers' then found drowned

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The Burley Manor Estate

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A GIANT red stag died after being shot by ‘poachers’ at a New Forest estate.

The magnificent 16-year-old red deer, known as The Monarch, was mortally wounded after being shot in the head.

The 25-stone animal then ran for the safety of water at the Burley Park, where he drowned.

It is believed that he was shot by hunters wanting his head and 16- point antlers to mount as a trophy and sell on.

The death comes just three years after another huge red stag dubbed the Emperor of Exmoor was shot dead by a poacher.

The Monarch was the biggest of a herd of 40 red deer owned by farmer Dan Tanner.

He was often spotted by visitors on the popular New Forest Deer Safari tours run by Mr Tanner.

Mr Tanner, 65, said: “It is very sad but unfortunately it is not that unusual. Poaching is a real problem.

“The Monarch was about 16 years old and was a fine specimen of an animal. He was shot by a poacher but the bullet wasn't a heavy enough calibre to stop him.

“He ran to the water which he tried to swim through but he drowned there. The poachers never got their hands on him.

“Because The Monarch had such a fine set of antlers he would have been very attractive to poachers. They would have wanted his head as a trophy.

“His death is a great loss and waste of life.”

The Monarch is so well-known in the area that gift shops sell souvenirs printed with his image.

Hampshire police have launched an investigation into the killing.

A spokesman said: “Police are investigating after a landowner reported a stag from his estate had been shot. The stag was found on Sunday, February 16.

“It is believed that the red stag, the biggest on the estate, was shot between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.”

To contact police with information, call 101.

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11:06am Fri 14 Mar 14

Isosceles says...

Echo says 'a tractor would tow nature lovers to feed the wild herd.'
I do hope that the nature lovers were on board a trailer or similar which was towed by a tractor - it would have been very uncomfortable for them to be towed along the ground (:o))
Echo says 'a tractor would tow nature lovers to feed the wild herd.' I do hope that the nature lovers were on board a trailer or similar which was towed by a tractor - it would have been very uncomfortable for them to be towed along the ground (:o)) Isosceles
  • Score: -32

11:22am Fri 14 Mar 14

billy bumble says...

A very sad event - but it pales into insignificance compared with poaching in Africa!
A very sad event - but it pales into insignificance compared with poaching in Africa! billy bumble
  • Score: -21

12:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Blackandred says...

Very sad and criminal. Poor headline though; how can something be shot dead and then drown.
Very sad and criminal. Poor headline though; how can something be shot dead and then drown. Blackandred
  • Score: 19

1:01pm Fri 14 Mar 14

cynicist says...

Who pays thousands for the head of a deer? People suck.
Who pays thousands for the head of a deer? People suck. cynicist
  • Score: 19

1:26pm Fri 14 Mar 14

speedy231278 says...

Shot dead AND drowned? How does a dead animal drown?
Shot dead AND drowned? How does a dead animal drown? speedy231278
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MngsMnr says...

Poor boy. People do indeed suck
Poor boy. People do indeed suck MngsMnr
  • Score: 18

1:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Oh deer oh deer, poor headline - shot then drowned???
Oh deer oh deer, poor headline - shot then drowned??? Arthur Maureen
  • Score: -21

2:09pm Fri 14 Mar 14

EGHH says...

Disgusting! Hope the scum gets caught. Echo won't permit what I'd like to do with the person concerned.
Disgusting! Hope the scum gets caught. Echo won't permit what I'd like to do with the person concerned. EGHH
  • Score: 25

4:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Huey says...

Of course it shouldn't have been shot, but given the expected lifespan of 15-18 years it was time for a new stag to come forth anyway.
Of course it shouldn't have been shot, but given the expected lifespan of 15-18 years it was time for a new stag to come forth anyway. Huey
  • Score: -24

5:02pm Fri 14 Mar 14

scrumpyjack says...

Arthur Maureen wrote:
Oh deer oh deer, poor headline - shot then drowned???
Really?? How would you describe something being shot then collapsing into the water as it tried to run away and too weak to.swim from its injuries it drowns?

Not rocket science.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Maureen[/bold] wrote: Oh deer oh deer, poor headline - shot then drowned???[/p][/quote]Really?? How would you describe something being shot then collapsing into the water as it tried to run away and too weak to.swim from its injuries it drowns? Not rocket science. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 14

5:43pm Fri 14 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

EGHH wrote:
Disgusting! Hope the scum gets caught. Echo won't permit what I'd like to do with the person concerned.
Why is it disgusting all deer are shot, just this time the bullet didn't come from Mr Tanners gun !!! altho s its 4 weeks since the stag was found maybe its maturing nicely for the good and great of burley to enjoy later. As all Deer are eventualy shot is this a story of potential theft or animal cruelty >>>
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: Disgusting! Hope the scum gets caught. Echo won't permit what I'd like to do with the person concerned.[/p][/quote]Why is it disgusting all deer are shot, just this time the bullet didn't come from Mr Tanners gun !!! altho s its 4 weeks since the stag was found maybe its maturing nicely for the good and great of burley to enjoy later. As all Deer are eventualy shot is this a story of potential theft or animal cruelty >>> MotorbikeSam
  • Score: -18

7:11pm Fri 14 Mar 14

nickynoodah says...

“It is believed that the red stag, the biggest on the estate, was shot between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.”
wrong
it was shot between the eyes
on a Saturday night
on its way to a stag party.
“It is believed that the red stag, the biggest on the estate, was shot between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.” wrong it was shot between the eyes on a Saturday night on its way to a stag party. nickynoodah
  • Score: -19

7:35pm Fri 14 Mar 14

GeorgeW64 says...

What a waste of good venison.
What a waste of good venison. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -10

7:42pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

was shot between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16.

Now, one month on, Police are appealing for information!
was shot between Friday, February 14 and Sunday, February 16. Now, one month on, Police are appealing for information! Turtlebay
  • Score: -9

9:16pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Dchadder says...

When discussing cycling events in the New Forest, please remember that cyclists do not kill ponies, cattle, pigs, deer and stags or carry guns. They might bounce off the animal and crash. It is the drivers of cars, trucks and Land Rovers who kill. More people should cycle.
When discussing cycling events in the New Forest, please remember that cyclists do not kill ponies, cattle, pigs, deer and stags or carry guns. They might bounce off the animal and crash. It is the drivers of cars, trucks and Land Rovers who kill. More people should cycle. Dchadder
  • Score: -9

10:59pm Fri 14 Mar 14

carrrob says...

Disgusting really !!!
Disgusting really !!! carrrob
  • Score: 6

9:08am Sat 15 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie! Controversial But True
  • Score: 4

9:30am Sat 15 Mar 14

elite50 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend! elite50
  • Score: 2

9:59am Sat 15 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me!

Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare!

Killing is wrong, end of!!!
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend![/p][/quote]The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me! Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare! Killing is wrong, end of!!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 4

10:57am Sat 15 Mar 14

elite50 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me!

Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare!

Killing is wrong, end of!!!
Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree.
Live in a house do we?
Drive a car?
Etc., Etc., Etc.,
You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath).
IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came.
Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend![/p][/quote]The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me! Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare! Killing is wrong, end of!!![/p][/quote]Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree. Live in a house do we? Drive a car? Etc., Etc., Etc., You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath). IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came. Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak! elite50
  • Score: -4

11:45am Sat 15 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me!

Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare!

Killing is wrong, end of!!!
Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree.
Live in a house do we?
Drive a car?
Etc., Etc., Etc.,
You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath).
IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came.
Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak!
I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs!
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend![/p][/quote]The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me! Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare! Killing is wrong, end of!!![/p][/quote]Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree. Live in a house do we? Drive a car? Etc., Etc., Etc., You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath). IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came. Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak![/p][/quote]I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs! Controversial But True
  • Score: 3

12:37pm Sat 15 Mar 14

elite50 says...

Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me!

Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare!

Killing is wrong, end of!!!
Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree.
Live in a house do we?
Drive a car?
Etc., Etc., Etc.,
You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath).
IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came.
Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak!
I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs!
That's a very good way to live!
You must be a very lonely person, no pet dog, or cat and all of those disgusting carnivores out there preventing you from living the "good" life.
No leather shoes, belts etc. You would rather wear plastic, gained from the dwindling oil reserves of the world.
You are right, you don't have to justify yourself to me or any-one else, so why do you attack people with a different perspective?
I remember the time before plastics, if you did not wear animal skins or their products etc. you would freeze to death!
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend![/p][/quote]The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me! Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare! Killing is wrong, end of!!![/p][/quote]Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree. Live in a house do we? Drive a car? Etc., Etc., Etc., You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath). IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came. Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak![/p][/quote]I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs![/p][/quote]That's a very good way to live! You must be a very lonely person, no pet dog, or cat and all of those disgusting carnivores out there preventing you from living the "good" life. No leather shoes, belts etc. You would rather wear plastic, gained from the dwindling oil reserves of the world. You are right, you don't have to justify yourself to me or any-one else, so why do you attack people with a different perspective? I remember the time before plastics, if you did not wear animal skins or their products etc. you would freeze to death! elite50
  • Score: 2

6:39pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Controversial But True says...

elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Controversial But True wrote:
The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds!

We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie!
The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat.
It appears that you want to reverse the trend!
The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me!

Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare!

Killing is wrong, end of!!!
Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree.
Live in a house do we?
Drive a car?
Etc., Etc., Etc.,
You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath).
IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came.
Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak!
I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs!
That's a very good way to live!
You must be a very lonely person, no pet dog, or cat and all of those disgusting carnivores out there preventing you from living the "good" life.
No leather shoes, belts etc. You would rather wear plastic, gained from the dwindling oil reserves of the world.
You are right, you don't have to justify yourself to me or any-one else, so why do you attack people with a different perspective?
I remember the time before plastics, if you did not wear animal skins or their products etc. you would freeze to death!
My cave had central heating!
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: The killing of ANY animal is sickening, unless on merciful grounds! We're supposed to be the 'superior' species! Evolve and become veggie![/p][/quote]The reason that you have "evolved" is that your ancestors climbed down out of the trees, stopped eating leaves and started to eat meat. It appears that you want to reverse the trend![/p][/quote]The fact that we lack sharp canine teeth, still have an appendix, are constantly being affected by meat related illnesses, with bowel cancer being the top of the list, have a natural lactose intolerance and can't process animal protein in the same way we process vegetable protein speaks volumes to me! Oh, and vegetarians / vegans, have a much lower cancer rate than meat eaters, as well as being compassionate about animal welfare! Killing is wrong, end of!!![/p][/quote]Oh, so that is the view from the top of a tree. Live in a house do we? Drive a car? Etc., Etc., Etc., You have made your stand (check your teeth because most Vegans have bad breath). IF you are REALLY committed to this cause you will relinquish all of these disgusting traits and revert back from whence you came. Its a (semi) free country, enjoy your life, I'll have another steak![/p][/quote]I don't have a car. I eat the fruits that the tree provides and I share my life with all creatures that also have the right to life. I don't pretend to live by morals I can't abide by and I don't feel I have to justify my beliefs to someone who clearly has to justify theirs![/p][/quote]That's a very good way to live! You must be a very lonely person, no pet dog, or cat and all of those disgusting carnivores out there preventing you from living the "good" life. No leather shoes, belts etc. You would rather wear plastic, gained from the dwindling oil reserves of the world. You are right, you don't have to justify yourself to me or any-one else, so why do you attack people with a different perspective? I remember the time before plastics, if you did not wear animal skins or their products etc. you would freeze to death![/p][/quote]My cave had central heating! Controversial But True
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