Owner hunts for information after pet stag shot and beheaded at Waddamana property

The owners of a deer left lying on the side of a road after its head was cut off are still looking for answers.

The beloved stag was shot on a property on Waddamana Road in the Central Highlands sometime over the Easter weekend.

The owner of the property, Irene Glover, had the white stag for six years.

It was in a pen with six other deer when it was shot through a fence in the middle of the night.

The official season for shooting adult male deer ended earlier this month and Mrs Glover said she believed poachers were to blame for the incident at her property.

“There are lots of deer in the bush they could shoot, but to come and shoot a deer in someone’s backyard … it’s a bit disappointing to think there are people that would do something like that,” she said.

The incident was reported to police, but still no news.

Deer have lived on her property for more than 30 years, but this was the first time one had been killed, Mrs Glover said.

It was not the first stag to be found lying on the side of the road though.

Prior to the opening of the season in February, Mrs Glover said 11 bodies were found on the side of Waddamana Road between the Highland Lakes Road intersection and the town of Waddamana.

Before it was shot, she said her stag had become a local tourist attraction.

“He was a mate to us, he would come and eat bread out of your hand,” she said.

“People would pull up and take photos.”

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Waddamana Road between Easter Sunday and Easter Monday should contact police on 131 444.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.