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Three men arrested in deer poaching operation

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As part of an ongoing operation, with the assistance of the National Parks Wildlife Service, targeting deer poaching in Counties Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny, gardai have arrested three males today.

Gardai from Bray, Wicklow and Baltinglass supported by officers from the Regional Support Unit carried out a number of planned searches in Carlow Town and the in Rathvilly, Co. Carlow this afternoon.

During the course of the searches three males in their 20’s were arrested and evidence seized.

The three males are currently detained in Carlow and Thomastown Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.

Deer poaching has become a serious issue in the county recently, with some reports claiming poachers were shooting up to 30 deer a night at one point.

Poachers can earn up to €100 a hide for a shot deer and wildlife dealers offer up to €2.50 per kilo for venison.

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