It is thought that a dog is to blame for the deaths of the 3 deer, which are farmed at Newclose off Nunnery Lane on the outskirts of Newport.
According to a post on the official Facebook page of the Isle of Wight Deer Farm, the animal entered the farm at some point over the weekend. It is said that dogs have the same instincts as wolves and once they learn how to stalk prey, they enjoy doing it again and again.
The team at the deer farm, which opened back in August of this year, are urging anyone who sees any dogs off the lead on the farm to call them – day or night – on 01983 638680.
Farmers have the right to dispatch any animals which are seen to be worrying livestock.
An appeal by the deer farm says:
“If you are driving, riding or walking around the area we need your assistance while we set up cameras in the perimeter as presently they are only in a few locations. Thank for your help”.
There has been a small herd grazing the land in ‘Paradise Valley’ for over 15 years – unbeknown to most Islanders – but after recently being acquired by Natural Farm Produce Ltd, 70 additional deer have been introduced.