Derbyshire Constabulary are warning dog-walkers to be careful as they investigate suspected wildlife poisoning in a Derbyshire woodland.
Two dogs are reported to have become ill after visiting Swinepark Wood at Lea, near Matlock and the police say this may be related.
The police have posted warning signs at entry points to the woods:
There doesn’t appear to be any further information about the type of poison suspected to be in use or whether any wildlife has been affected but the fact that the police have been proactive in issuing these warnings about the risk to public and pet safety is a welcome move from a police force who have previously been criticised for their attitude towards raptor poisoning incidents (e.g. see here and here).
Well done, Derbyshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Team.