Police are stepping up patrols in the village of Twiston and the surrounding areas after another deer was mauled to death.
A local dog walker made the grim discovery on Monday (March 3rd) near Twiston Moor, Clitheroe.
Police identified the butchered carcass of a Sika hind. The head and rear legs had been removed and the deer had been gralloched. The rear legs had been placed inside the body cavity. The body had been left hidden at the side of the road behind a dry stone wall.
Lancashire Constabulary’s Wildlife Officer PC Carl Chew said: “It could not be established how the deer had been killed or why it had not been taken away, but we have seen an increase in this type of incident in the area.”
“There will be increased police anti-poaching patrols in this area and we will also be utilising local gamekeepers, deer managers and members of the public in trying to identify offenders.
“We are getting calls in relation to these offences, but I ask the public to report any incidents which they believe are suspicious. For example, vehicles parked in unusual locations or people using spot lamps at night as we are often made aware by local gamekeepers/landowners if they are going out so we can eliminate some incidents.
“I am also looking at holding a local Rural Crime meeting, which will be open to members of the local communities and will be asking a couple of guest speakers to describe the problems and what people should be looking for.