A DOG walker discovered two deer carcasses on New Year’s Day.
Police are appealing for information after two roe deer were found dead in a stream in a small wood, adjacent to Pasture Lane, Bolton-le-Sands.
It is thought they had been there for several days, and examination of the carcasses revealed they were killed by a crossbow or similar weapon.
Local wildlife crime officer PC Massingham said: “The use of a crossbow to kill any animal or bird in the UK is prohibited and carries a heavy penalty. This is a cruel mindless act committed by someone with total disregard to wildlife or animal welfare.
“In particular, we are eager to speak to, and locate, the occupants of a white Ford Transit van, which was seen driving slowly on Pasture Lane several days before the carcasses were found.”
Contact police on 101.