Hide antlers, police say
Police are warning people to be cautious about displaying hard deer antler in or around their properties after a spate of thefts.
Several deer antlers, ram horns and chamois, along with their heads, were seized from a Dunedin house on October 25 following multiple thefts from South Otago and Southland.
Senior constable Adam Roberts of Riversdale said there was a market for hard antler and people should take precautions to deter thefts.
‘‘Rather than having them in easily accessible places on their properties like gardens, they should be kept away from where people can see them if they are driving past.
‘‘It’s unfortunate, because people should be proud of the trophy heads they’ve shot and should be able to display them where they like.’’
Senior constable Murray Hewitson of Owaka said police were interested in hearing from anybody who saw a black or dark coloured Datsun ute, with a white canopy, on or around Saturday October 7.
The vehicle was believed to be carrying four occupants.
Hewitson said these people appeared to have been travelling throughout the area looking for antlers, and after seeing them from the road, had entered people’s properties and stolen them.
A police spokesperson said inquiries were continuing into the thefts.