Police are appealing to crofters after more than 30 Blackface sheep were stolen in the Highlands.
It is understood the animals were taken sometime during the past six weeks from an area of open hill ground on the Trotternish Ridge on Skye.
The sheep vary in age and are all clearly marked with black paint on their shoulders.
Constable Katherine Tindall, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are asking that crofters in the Trotternish area check their land and also to report any suspicious activity including unfamiliar vehicles with animal trailers in the area.
“Rural crime be it the theft of animals, machinery or damage to property hits hard at the heart of small communities and by all being vigilant we can make the area a hostile place for those intent on committing such crime.
“Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number NP3646/17 or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
The appeal comes just two days after police asked the public for information regarding the theft of 50 sheep from a farm in the Alves area of Moray.