Six elk have been stolen from a farm near Yeovil.
The elk were taken sometime between Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5. A boundary fence was cut in a field near West Coker and six fully grown elk stolen. Two heavy-duty batteries were also stolen and a further two elk allowed to escape.
Police are investigating the incident and have appealed for any information which would help identify the people responsible and locate the stolen elk.
Investigating officer PC Jackie Poole said: "This is an unusual theft and would have required a vehicle, and probably quite a bit of time, to complete. I would ask people in the area at the time to cast their mind back and see if they remember seeing anything suspicious.
"I am particularly interested in speaking to anyone who has been approached about elks or elk meat or anyone who saw a vehicle in the area which was capable of stealing these animals. It is possible that dogs were used to help herd the animals. If you can help please give me a call."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jackie Poole on 101. Alternatively, phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.