SAN ANTONIO- Someone is illegally shooting deer with a bow and arrow in one Northside neighborhood. One of the animals was left badly wounded, with an arrow protruding from its back.
The deer was found around seven Sunday night along Palo Grande Drive and Rio Seco in the Shady Oaks area.
A resident made several calls to San Antonio Police, Parks and Wildlife, and to News 4 WOAI in hopes of saving the deer. But in the end police had to shoot the animal.
Rebekah Arredondo first saw the deer early Sunday evening while visiting her mother. She said she enjoys taking a leisurely route through the neighborhood to see the deer. But when she came across a deer with an arrow through its back she was shocked.
“I saw one of the deer with a huge arrow through its back and I kind of freaked out because I hadn't heard anything about the arrow shootings going on,” explained Rebekah Arredondo.
It’s a sight that President of Shady Oaks Homeowners Association, Joseph Velten said several residents saw earlier in the week when another deer was spotted an arrow through it. That deer was discovered already dead.
But, the injured deer sighting was surprising to him because of the time of day that it happened.
Velten said, “I wouldn't expect that to happen during daylight hours, if it's going to happen late at night when no one is paying attention”.
Velten added that residents will keep a watchful eye out for poachers and report them to police.