Two deer with arrows stuck in them were reported walking near John Allison Elementary School between Jan. 12 and 15.
They were likely shot near the school because deer usually stay in one area during the winter, said conservation officer Paul Pike.
It’s illegal to hunt within 100 metres of a school, hospital or residential area in Princeton.
Pike said it’s difficult to tell why the deer were shot.
“Someone could have been trying to hunt them for food or it could be for the thrill. But either way, it’s illegal.”
A resident gave an arrow to conservation officers after seeing it fall out of one of the deer, Pike said.
“It’s very dangerous to hunt near a school or where people live.”
The two injured deer haven’t been located by authorities.
Conservation officers leave deer who have been shot if they can survive on their own. If not, they are euthanized.
Hunting deer is not allowed during January. Only a few people are allowed to hunt female mule deer, and it can only take place in November.
The open season to hunt male deer takes place in the fall.
The Conservation Officer Service is asking anyone with information about people shooting arrows within town limits to call Report All Poachers and Polluters at 1-877-952-7277 or go to www.rapp.bc.ca. Those wishing to remain anonymous may do so.