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Irish police hunt deer poachers

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Image caption Police would not comment on a report the investigation has been codenamed Operation Bambi

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into deer poaching in the Republic of Ireland.

He was one of three men in their 20s who were arrested in County Carlow on Monday.

The man who has been charged is due to appear in court next month. The other two were released without charge but a file is being prepared for the DPP.

Police would not comment on a newspaper report that the investigation has been codenamed Operation Bambi.

The Irish Independent newspaper also reported that the investigation began after material was posted on the social networking site, Facebook, "boasting" about the killing of deer.

A police spokesman would not be drawn on the source of the investigation but they have said they are being assisted by the National Parks Wildlife Service in targeting deer poaching in Counties Carlow, Wicklow, and Kilkenny.

Officers made the three arrests during planned searches in Carlow town and Rathvilly village in County Carlow on Monday afternoon.