A badger sett in Kirklees has been attacked.
The sett has been driven over and sprayed with what appears to be weedkiller.
Police say “concerted efforts” have been made to damage the large sett, which is still being used by badgers.
Officers from Kirklees Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team went to the site with members of Kirklees Badger Protection Group after being made aware of the damage.
They said: “The sett was huge and was still in use, despite concerted efforts to damage it by purposely driving over it, and spraying it with what appears to be weedkiller.
“Badgers are not popular with some people but they are a protected species, and it is an offence to damage their setts or kill them.
“Please leave them alone.”
The exact location of the sett is not being revealed, to protect the badgers.
Police are urging anyone with a badger sett on their land to get in touch with the Kirklees Badger Protection Group which will happily help and advise.
The group can be found at http://www.kirkleesbadgergroup.org.uk/ .
Its main aim is to monitor, study and protect badgers in the Kirklees area, and educate and inform the public.
There have been a number of incidents in the Huddersfield area involving badgers in recent years.
In 2011 West Yorkshire Police launched a campaign to tackle badger baiters, who were causing major problems in Huddersfield.
Operation Meles was a big crackdown on people who catch badgers to fight with dogs.
Badgers are protected but there have been initiatives to control their numebrs.
Badger culling was trialled in Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset last year in the hope of controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
In December 2015, Defra released documents confirming the badger cull had “met government targets” with 756 animals culled in Dorset, 432 in Gloucestershire and 279 in Somerset.