Badger sett damaged in Co Down
Police are investigating a report that a badger sett has been damaged in Hillsborough.
A badger sett is a badger's den usually made up of lots of tunnels and chambers where they live.
In Northern Ireland badgers and their setts are protected under the Wildlife Order 1985 (as amended by the Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (NI) 2011.
The PSNI said they take wildlife crime "very seriously" and will investigate if there is a breach in the legislation.
Police believe the badger sett may have been destroyed on land in the Downshire Crescent area.
A PSNI spokesman said: "In brief the law states: By listing on Schedule 5 the badger cannot be intentionally killed, injured or taken. No person can possess or control a live or dead badger or part derived from one. The sett cannot be destroyed, damaged or have the access by badgers obstructed.
"It is also an offence to, damage or destroy anything which conceals or protects a badger or to disturb a badger whilst it is occupying one.
"Police are appealing to anyone with information about the destruction of badger setts is asked to contact police in Lisburn on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. "