Police are investigating after the remains of six roe deer were discovered on a roadside in the Scottish Borders.
It was initially thought the remains found on Bonnington Road, Peebles, were badger carcasses, but following an examination by experts the remains were confirmed to be from roe deer.
Police Scotland are appealing for anyone with information to come forward immediately.
Chief Inspector Andrew Clark, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders commented
"Police Scotland is committed to the full and thorough enquiry into instances of this nature.
"Being a rural policing area, we are aware of the significance of such finds and will continue to robustly investigate wildlife crime in the Scottish Borders"
Detective Inspector Raymond Brown, who is leading the investigation, states:
"Following a report from a local farmer, officers forensically recovered animal remains from a scene near to Bonnington Farm, Peebles on Friday 3rd January.
"An enquiry continues to ascertain the full circumstances surrounding the discovery and to confirm if any criminality is involved."