Police investigating a number of recent deer killings in the Purbeck area are urging the public to come forward if they have any information.
The carcasses of nine deer were discovered by members of the public during the last week in April 2015 in two locations.
Seven were found at the bottom of Randalls Hill near Lytchett Minster and another two had been dumped at the Slough Lane bridle path near Frenches Farm, Upton.
All nine deer have dog bites on their rears, their insides removed and throats cut.
Police Sergeant Jane Mooney, of Purbeck’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am appealing to members of the public to come forward if they have any information regarding these killings.
“These cruel wildlife attacks appear to have been carried out for ‘fun’ as there are no signs of butchering.
“Anyone who has information that may help us find the offenders should contact me urgently on 101 or by emailing us at warehamnorthSNT@dorset.pnn.police.uk
“I would also like to appeal to local walkers and dog owners who might be out and about in rural areas to keep their eyes and ears open and report any suspicious behaviour.
“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”
There has been a rise in the recent number of deer killings in the county which police are responding to.
Dorset Police’s Wildlife Co-Ordinator, Inspector Steve Marsh, said: “We have noticed an increase in this kind of wildlife crime in our rural areas.
“Deer are being slaughtered by dogs as part of an illegal sport or poached for their meat.
“I would like to reassure the public that, together with partner agencies, we are taking these crimes extremely seriously and will prosecute offenders accordingly.
“We currently have robust patrols in targeted areas and can only ask that the public remain vigilant to such crimes and come forward with any information.”
Further information in helping to fight wildlife crime can be found at http://www.nwcu.police.uk
If you witness a suspected wildlife crime in action call 999 immediately and ask for the police.