Have you seen sheep chased - savaged - killed - by dogs?
Sheep and lambs are especially at risk on Dartmoor. Every year many deaths are reported and recorded.
Casualties are caused by:
- Fast and thoughtless driving on moorland roads
- Sheep chasing by dogs
- Lambing - deaths result from unattended difficult births
- Lambs picked up by the public - the ewe may later reject the lamb
- Snow - reduces all available grazing and animals may also become trapped under drifts
- Bogs & leats - may trap and drown animals unless rescue takes place
- Animals entangled in wire and brambles or wedged between rocks may die unless helped
- Fly-strike - resulting in an infestation of maggots likely to kill the victim unless necessary treatment is carried out
- A sheep 'cast' on its back may not be able to regain its feet without assistance, and if unaided may die
Foal entangled in wire fence being cut free on Dartmoor