Police investigate after bird of prey shot on North York Moors

Police are investigating after a buzzard was shot near Appleton le Moors.

Monday, 13th July 2020, 1:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 9:29 am
An x-ray of the buzzard showing pieces of shot

The female bird was discovered with multiple injuries on Sunday, July 5 in woods just off Hamley Lane by a member of the public.

The buzzard was taken to a vet for treatment but did not survive her catastrophic injuries.

A post mortem examination revealed she had suffered shot damage to her tail and wing feathers but also had leg and head wounds which may have been caused by becoming stuck in a cage trap.

The female buzzard

Before she died, the buzzard had been seen feeding two chicks in the area.

North Yorkshire Police Wildlife Crime Officer, Jeremy Walmsley, said: “This is the latest in a very long line of raptor persecution incidents that have occurred in Ryedale over the last few months and it is completely unacceptable.

"Killing or injuring a bird of prey is not only illegal but cruel and callous.

“We are doing everything we can to track down these offenders and I would urge anyone who can help with information about this incident or any other wildlife crime, to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone who can help with the police's investigations should call 101, quoting reference: 12200115223.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.