Two sika deer were found dead on farmland in Clitheroe on January 10.
The deer, found by a farmer, were hidden in a shallow ditch on Dockber Laithe Farm in Sawley, and police are asking for anyone with any information to come forward.
Force wildlife crime officer Mark Thomas said; “It would appear that these two deer have been attacked by dogs before having their innards partially removed and their throats cut. The carcasses have then been hidden away, most likely for the offenders to come back and collect them at a later date.”
There have been other similar incidents recently in other areas of the county including an incident near Carnforth where two deer were found by a dog walker having been shot with a crossbow-type weapon.
“In recent months we have seen a spike in the number of illegal deer poaching incidents and we are urging members of the public, particularly those working or living in rural areas across the county, to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
“We are determined to stamp out this illegal activity in Lancashire and are doing all we can to tackle it. I would also urge any butchers or restaurants in the local areas that if they have any offers of cheap venison to consider contacting the police and trading standards.”
Contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.
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