Two dead deer dumped over a garden wall have sparked a mystery.
It is believed the sika deer were killed by dogs – but it is not understood why their hunters did not take them away.
The incident happened at the home of Peter Higham on Hilltop Lane in Whittle-le-Woods.
Mr Higham said: “They were dumped on our land. I was first informed by a neighbour who spotted them.
“I went to have a look and thought they’d been run over by a car and dumped over a wall.”
Whittle councillor Eric Bell said: “It was a mother and its fawn.
“The resident thought they had been knocked down.
“But we got a gamekeeper to look at them, and he said they had been attacked by dogs.
“It’s a real mystery why the dog men had not taken them away. They were fresh killed.
“I can’t understand why they didn’t take them either.
“It’s just bad news and why they dumped them, I don’t know.
“The fawn was definitely killed by dogs and the mother was dragged down by the back legs.”
He said if the deer had been targeted by hunters, they are usually slaughtered and taken away.
“They kill them and slit their throats. Have they dumped them to come back?”
The incident was reported to Lancashire Police.