Gardaí say it’s not been possible to investigate claims that US tourist paid €5k to shoot red deer

Gardaí say it’s not been possible so far to investigate claims that an American paid €5,000 for a licence to shoot red deer near Killarney National Park.
Superintendent Flor Murphy of Killarney garda station says they need people to come forward with specific allegations.

Separately, he says the initiative to combat the illegal killing of wild deer has been successful.

Operation Bambi, involving the gardaí, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland was launched in Kerry in December 2015.
Both the gardaí and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland say Operation Bambi, since its launch in Kerry a year ago, has been highly successful with a significant increase in detections, prosecutions and convictions.
Superintendent Flor Murphy says gardaí treat the illegal poaching of deer very seriously.
Recently, it was claimed that licences to shoot red deer had been sold illegally on to US hunters and that one American had paid €5,000 for what he had thought was a legitimate licence.
Superintendent Murphy says it has not been possible to investigate the allegations as they need people to come forward with specific complaints.
He’s urged people to contact Killarney gardaí if they have information.
Separately, the National Parks and Wildlife Service says for the 2014/2015 deer hunting season , some 1,700 animals were shot legally, compared to just over 1,300 for the previous year.
Figures for the 2015/2016 season are not yet available.
The service says more than 90% of those shot in Kerry are sika deer.