Police are looking for poachers after a badger was chased and killed in Sowerby Bridge.
Officers believe the female badger was chased before being attacked and killed in Milner Royd by dogs thought to belong to poachers.
This is the fourth incident of its kind in Calderdale this year.
Calderdale Police’s wildlife officer, Special Constable Phil Sanderson, is urging people to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.
“Badgers are a protected species by law, as is their habitation, and anyone found interfering with a badger set could face prosecution,” he said.
“Poachers can be charged with many offences, including criminal damage and theft, and will face arrest and conviction and the seizure of any vehicles, equipment and dogs used in the crimes.
“Poachers can also face disqualification from driving if they are using their vehicles for crime.”
Last month, poachers attempted to remove heavy stone and rubble in the Scammonden area in an attempt to dig up a badger sett. It is thought the poachers fled empty handed.
Special Constable Sanderson said: “The area has an active badger monitor group who monitor all sets in Calderdale on a regular basis and report all matters of interference or concern to the police.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, which was reported to police on Thursday, or anyone who has any information about suspected badger baiting in the area, is urged to contact Special Constable Phil Sanderson or PC Fiona Igo at Todmorden Police Station on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
To contact the Calderdale badger monitoring group call the secretary on 07985 921890 or 01422 310178.