Owner of deer that escaped in Todmorden fears for their safety

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THE owner of deer that escaped when their fence was cut fears they could be shot while out in the wild.

Peter Boddy, who has a host of animals including deer at his farm in Todmorden, says there have been sightings of the creatures since they got out but they still have not been found.

He said the culprits may have misguidedly thought the deer would have been killed and were trying to set them free.

But he worries they could be shot if left out in the wild.

“They might have thought they would release them to save them but they’ve probably shortened their lives,” he said.

As reported by the Courier, a stag and six hinds escaped from the farm on Cross Stone Road when the wire perimeter fence was cut between 5pm on Tuesday, April 3 and 8am the following day.

The high-value animals were reported to have run towards the direction of Burnley.

Mr Boddy’s animals also include wallabies, ostriches and northern elk and, in the past, has reared buffalo, bison, meerkats and giant rabbits half the size of sheep.

Anyone who can help police should call Sergeant Damon Walker on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.