Locals in the Sallowglen area of Tarbert have been left ‘devastated and angry’ after a stag that roamed the locality for the past six or seven years was shot dead over a week ago as it entered a local farm.
esidents say they were extremely fond of the stag and are perplexed as to why such ‘a beautiful animal’ was shot.
One local was so aggrieved that he described the stag’s popularity in the locality as being akin to Fungie’s in Dingle.
It’s reported how the stag would enter local farmyards from time to time, but that no one had a problem with it until recently.
“He was to us what Fungie is to Dingle. The locals loved him and he [the stag] did no harm to anyone.
“He would wander up to where cattle or horses were but would leave again. We’re all very upset over it. He did no harm to no one,” said a local.
Such is the love for the stag that he is even included in a memorial card designed for a deceased person; a person ‘who loved’ watching the stag roaming the area.
The stretch of land in question is part of the old Sands estate. It’s thought that the last time a stag in the area was shot was in 1950.
“Some of our elderly people, when they would be picked up by the community bus, would ask the driver to slow down if they saw the stag in a field. That would cheer them up for the day,” he added.
Under law, Sika deer can be shot once the person is in possession of a deer hunting licence, and permission from the landowner has been granted.
Sika males can be shot from September 1st to December 31st.
The Kerryman contacted the Gardaí regarding the incident but no reply was received at the time of going to print.