Three adult deer have been found dead in woods in Padiham – believed to be the work of poachers.
The grim discovery of the cut-up bodies of the roe deer were made by a member of the public walking in woods near Grove Lane last week.
Police have been informed and are investigating a number of possible leads.
It appears the deer were killed and then cut up for their meat.
Reports of the incident on social media generated an emotional response from the public.
One person wrote: “It is absolutely disgusting. Makes me so mad.”
Roe deer are one of the most common breeds in the UK and can be found in most parts of rural England.
Anyone with information about poaching can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.