Police are appealing for information as another dead raptor is found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park – this time a Buzzard just about a mile from the much-visited Malham Cove Peregrine site. The bird’s body was found (
no details of when are given – 16 May) by a local farmer and a post-mortem X-ray showed the bird had a shotgun pellet in its head.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, select option two, and ask for Harry Carpenter. You can also contact them by email. Reference number 12170089221 should be quoted.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park – one of the country’s worst raptor persecution hot-spots. It’s worth repeating the words of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority chairman Peter Charlesworth last year after the Mossdale Estate pole-trapping offence, ‘At a time when the Yorkshire Dales is receiving such widespread recognition as a wonderful place to visit, it’s incredibly disappointing that the criminal persecution of birds of prey continues to damage the reputation of the area.‘.
And still it goes on.
If you are out in our National Parks this weekend, keep an eye open for wildlife crime. Have a look at the Birders Against Wildlife Crime site for details of how to deal with anything you find – Recognise, Record, Report.
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