Golden Bay man fined for shooting tagged deer on farmland

The deer shot by Blake Cottle had escaped from a nearby farm after a fence was damaged in a storm.

The deer shot by Blake Cottle had escaped from a nearby farm after a fence was damaged in a storm.

A Golden Bay man has been fined for shooting and stealing three escaped deer in a fenced paddock.

Blake Cottle pleaded guilty in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday to theft of animals and unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm.

Cottle was driving on Uruwhenua Rd, south of Takaka, on the evening of January 22 when he came across three deer standing close together in a fenced paddock.

The deer had escaped from a nearby property after a storm took out a fence.

Cottle shot the three deer and entered the paddock to bone them with a knife.

The deer had purple ear tags and orange National Animal Identification and Tracing tags.

Cottle was stopped by police and found to have a loaded gun in his vehicle along with the three deer with identification tags.

Defence lawyer Mark Dollimore said Cottle had been extremely cooperative and didn't realise the deer were tagged until after he had shot them.

Cottle was convicted and ordered to pay $2000 reparation to the owner of the deer. He was also fined $400 with court costs of $130 for the firearms charge.

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