A major hunt is underway after three young pigs went missing from the Forest of Bowland.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust are searching for the three saddleback sows, all aged around five months, who were being used to graze the woodland as part of a trial to see how effective this would be as a means of encouraging natural regeneration.
LWT East Lancashire Reserves Officer Phil Dykes said: “Looking out for places where the ground has been dug up or finding pig dung, has enabled us to work out which direction they headed from their enclosure.”
Phil believes the runaways are likely to be in the area north west of Clitheroe leading towards Bashall Eaves and the village of Hurst Green.
He said: “The markings on the pigs are very distinctive, being basically black with a pink band around the centre of the body giving the appearance of a type of saddle, hence their name.
If you have any information call Phil direct on 07841 996722.