Seven Canada Geese carcasses have been found dumped on Dorset Council’s Blackdown Nature Reserve, near Hardy Monument.
The birds were killed and had their breasts removed sometime overnight on 29 September. The remains of the birds were left in a ditch, believed to be the work of poachers.
Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said:
“This is a despicable crime against nature. The birds have been butchered for a small amount of meat, with no respect shown to them after they have been killed. We pride the work we do for the benefit of all wildlife in Dorset – our countryside teams strive to create and maintain habitats suitable for wildlife to flourish but there are a small minority of people who have a blatant disregard for nature.
We would appeal to anyone who saw a suspicious vehicle in the area or has any other information about the geese, to please contact us or Dorset Police.