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Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow

A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.

Authorities and hunting groups are alarmed at the rise in illegal hunting in the area, which they suspect is being carried out "for fun".

In the space of a year, it is believed that five deer have been killed in the Floridsdorf and Brigittenau areas including fawns and does - suggesting that the hunter is not a trophy hunter.

"In two deer we are pretty sure that they have been hunted with bow and arrow, because they had the appropriate injuries," says Leopold Andra, the District Hunter said this week, adding that many arrows have also been found in the area.

The poacher, or poachers, hunt under the cover of darkness and after shooting the animal, they then leave it to die painfully. Many stumble on for a few yards after being shot and lose the arrows in the process of trying to escape, making it hard for authorities to assess just how many are the victims of poachers.

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