Wairarapa police are appealing for information after a trophy red stag was shot and killed in its deer enclosure.
Police said the incident happened on Blue Rock Road in Martinborough between 10am on July 27 and 10am on July 28.
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The animal was about six years old, had 40 plus points and weighed more than 200kgs.
"As a rare breed valued at over $40,000, this is a huge loss for its owner," said Senior Sergeant Jen Hansen.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact their local Police or call 105, quoting file number 190728/3019.
Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.