Emiratis claim deer died chased by dogs

Those who function without a licence can be punished by a warning; or a fine not exceeding Dh5,000; or a ban. (File)

Abu Dhabi police arrested three Emiratis who used dogs to hunt endangered deer in areas where hunting is strictly banned, a newspaper reported on Monday.

Guards at the wildlife reserve near the eastern oasis town of Al Ain chased the three in their four-wheel vehicle inside the reserve before their car overturned.

The semi-official daily Al Itithad said the guards seized the three and their dogs after finding a dead deer dumped in the garbage in the massive reserve.

“The three claimed that they were not hunting but were training their dogs. They told the guards that the deer died after it was chased by the dogs,” it said.

UAE laws strictly ban hunting in exclusion areas designated by the government to protect endangered species and support breeding programmes intended to repair ecological damage caused by excessive hunting and post-oil construction projects.

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