Police are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a dead seal in Great Eccleston. A member of the public found the animal on Wednesday afternoon under a footbridge on the side of the River Wyre close to the Cartford Arms pub.
The seal had been shot. Officers are trying to work out exactly what happened.
– Lancashire Constabulary’s Wildlife Crime Officer, Mark Thomas
I am appalled and disgusted that someone can go and shoot a seal. It is a sickening crime committed in Lancashire’s countryside.
The person responsible has committed a very serious offence. Not only is this a breach of the Conservation of Seal’s act but it also illegal to use a rifle unless authorised by the landowner.