Police probe after badgers shot and dumped in Bridport
Police are investigating a spate of badger killings in Bridport, Dorset.
The carcases were found by a passer-by dumped along the roadside in the Melplash and Bradpole areas.
Dorset Police said the badgers had been placed as if to look like road kill but closer examination revealed the animals had been shot.
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 makes it illegal to kill, injure or take badgers or to interfere with a badger sett.
Deliberately killing one carries a fine of up to £5,000 and six months in prison.
Laura Quinn, RSPCA spokesperson for Dorset, said "We are sad to hear reports that badgers have allegedly been shot dead.
"We would urge anyone who has any information about what may have happened to these badgers to contact either the police or the RSPCA."
Badger culling, which took place in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Dorset last year, saw more than 2,000 badgers killed over the six-week period.