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South Okanagan man facing charges after shooting deer in residential area: RCMP

Police say the man was arrested and later released, but was charged under the Wildlife Act and that several long guns were seized. Global News

A South Okanagan resident is facing charges, say police, for shooting a deer in a residential area.

Police in Oliver said the incident happened earlier this month, and that the B.C. Conservation Office was also involved.

The man, say RCMP, was a senior and was arrested.

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Police say he was charged under the Wildlife Act and was later released, but added they’ll be pursuing other charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Police also said a number of long guns, properly stored in his residence, were also seized.

One neighbour told Global News he was home that afternoon when he heard a shot go off, followed by another shot around a minute later.

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The neighbour said he saw a wounded deer in the man’s yard, and another escape, with police soon arriving and euthanizing the injured deer.

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Another neighbour, who did not witness or hear the shooting, told Global News that he found a dead fawn on his property later on.

Both neighbours say although the shooting incident happened during the weekend, the man was arrested on a Tuesday.

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