A container of rat poison mixed with peanut butter was deliberately placed to kill badgers in Bexhill, according to police.
The deadly bait was found on a property on Ellerslie Lane close to a fence separating it from a field with several badger setts on Monday (December 5).
Police believe it was deliberately put there to attract and kill badgers.
Sussex Police wildlife crime officer Daryl Holter said: “This is very concerning.
“Any amount of poison left like this could not only harm wildlife, but potentially injure or kill domestic animals or humans, too.
“The carcasses of poisoned animals would also represent a threat to other animals which ate them.”
He added: “Whoever did this clearly has no regard for public safety or the welfare of animals.
“Anyone finding similar containers should not touch them but immediately contact police.”
Anyone with information is asked to email email@example.com or phone 101, quoting serial 713 of 05/12.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
In other wildlife crime news, five geese were reported missing presumed stolen from a farm in Ninfield Road on November 28.
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