By Philippa Goymer
Deer remains have been found near Consett, sparking a search for the illegal poachers.
The shredded remains of the deer were discovered at 1pm on Monday 21 October by a member of the public who alerted the authorities.
They were found just off Shotley Grove Road, Shotley Bridge, near Consett.
A Durham Police spokesman said: "Deer poaching of this kind is illegal and if anyone has any information regarding this incident, or others, they are urged to contact Durham Police on 101."
Hunting deer with dogs or cross-bows is illegal under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Deer poaching is still prevalent, with poachers often using 'lamping' methods to blind the deer before setting dogs on them.