The poacher also stole the deer's impressive rack (shown here in a photo from the Precinct 5 Constable's office.)
Mr. Buck, a white-tailed deer, was mourned Tuesday by scores of people who enjoyed watching him at Bear Creek Pioneers Park, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Authorities say someone cut through a remote fence to reach the animal and then took the deer's head and antlers. The carcass was left behind.
Taxidermy shops in the Houston area were being advised about the crime, according to The Associated Press.
Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack says anyone who attacks an animal in captivity "is just the lowest of the low."
Charges including felony animal cruelty and poaching could be pursued against any suspects, the AP reported.
Meanwhile, Capt. Ray Valenta of the Precinct 5 Constable's office, said Wednesday that his phone has been ringing of the hook from people who want to help the investigation.
Click here to read the Houston Chronicle's report.
-- Bill Miller