ISLE of Wight police have slammed the 'cruel and reckless' actions of someone who poured petrol into a badger sett and set it alight.
The incident, at St Boniface Down, Ventnor, was reported to police on Monday.
Sgt Richard Stapleton, who is investigating, said: "We’d like to hear from you if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area over the past few days. Did you see anyone with a red plastic petrol container? One was left behind at the scene and we think the person responsible may have suffered some injuries in committing this crime.
"This is a particularly cruel and reckless action that could have caused extensive and unnecessary suffering. There is no evidence at this time to say any badgers were injured but the person responsible clearly has no regard for wild animals."
The incident is not believed to be connected to others involving badger setts, such as the recent poisoning of setts in Niton.
Anyone with information can contact Sgt Stapleton by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.