Deer shot through ear with target arrow: conservation

Hunting might be a popular hobby in the Alberni Valley but it’s illegal within city limits, says conservation officer Steve Ackles.

A deer with an arrow pierced through its ear eats from a plant pot in a yard at Eighth Avenue and Alderwood last week.

Hunting might be a popular hobby in the Alberni Valley but it’s illegal within city limits, says conservation officer Steve Ackles.

Despite this, Ackles discovered a deer with its ear pierced by an arrow at Eighth Avenue and Alderwood Street this weekend—right in the middle of the city.

“This is probably the third one in this town this year,” said Ackles.

“What’s disturbing is that people are hunting within city limits.”

The arrow used was from a recurve or longbow, said Ackles, but sometimes more powerful weapons are used.

“It isn’t as powerful as a crossbow but the last one was a crossbow,” he said. A crossbow bolt can travel a fair distance and even punch through multiple walls, he added.

When deer are hit by any type of arrow, the consequences can be deadly for the animal.

“I’ve had to put deer down or immobilize them to pull the arrows out when they’ve had a chance of survival…a lot of times they’ll walk around with those arrows through them for days or weeks till we can get to them,” he said.

But even when Ackles does find the injured deer, trying to get the arrows out does more harm than good.

“People don’t realize that immobilization on an animal is extremely stressful. Deer especially, sometimes they die from what’s called ‘capture myopathy’,” he said.

“With the stress of the capture, they can die up to two weeks later. Their system shuts down, they don’t eat as much.”

Even if the shock doesn’t kill the deer, the weather this time of year might.

“They can’t regulate their body heat when we put them under with those drugs, so I could successfully immobilize it, take the arrow out, do my best to leave it in a good position under a tree for it to come out of the drugs… but it’s going to get hypothermia.”

With the deadly consequences of shooting at deer, Ackles said that the behaviour needs to stop.

“I’d like to talk to whoever has done this and get that behaviour stopped,” said Ackles.

While accidents happen, care needs to be taken if ever shooting outdoors. And if the shooting was intentional?

“If I deem that the person that was doing it had intent, I’d charge them. You’re not allowed to hunt within city limits and there is no open hunting season. It’s an unlawful act.”

Anyone who knows anything about deer being shot within city limits is encouraged to call 1-877-952-RAPP (7277) or #7277 on a cell phone. Those reporting any information can remain anonymous.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

ARTS AROUND: Last call for cruise ship vendors

Last cruise ship arrives in the Alberni Inlet on July 6

BIZ BEAT: Port Alberni businesses celebrate milestones

RE/MAX Mid-Island moving into new building on Johnston Road

Solda’s Family Restaurant celebrates 50 years in Port Alberni

Restaurant is currently up for sale to “the right buyer”

Cherry Creek Waterworks District imposes water restrictions

Stage 1 water restrictions now in effect

Paint your toe for Pride in Port Alberni

Alberni couple launches campaign to show support for the LGBTQ community

VIDEO: B.C. First Nation plans to launch legal challenge after Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan says he’ll continue to defend the B.C. coast

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

BREAKING: Forest fire on North Island disrupts Hwy. 19

Wildfire has reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Most Read