A baby deer was killed after it was caught in a handmade snare.
The dead animal, understood to be a young Roe deer, was discovered by a member of the public at around 6pm on Tuesday, June 5, at a wooded area near to the rear of Mary Stevenson Drive in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
A Central Scotland Police spokeswoman said the way the snare was set it posed a danger to the public especially children.
She added that the deer would have been distressed and suffered as a result of the trap set.
The spokeswoman said: "It is believed that the snare was hand made and that the deer has suffered considerably as a result of this snare being set."
Officers are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
The police can be contacted on 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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