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    Police investigate shooting of birds at wildlife site

    NewsBird NewsTuesday 07 May 2013
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    The police in North Yorkshire are investigating an incident that saw some geese and a swan shot dead. 

    The investigation is being carried out after an ecological survey team found the dead birds. Others were also wounded in the attack. 
     
    Officers have stated that they are treating the incident, which took place at Norton Mills Lake, North Stainley, Ripon, as an act of animal cruelty. 
     
    Canada and Greylag geese were involved and the swan that was found shot was a Mute Swan. 
     
    The birds had been shot with a large calibre rifle and the police have said that the incident, which occurred at one of the North of England’s most important wildlife sites, also put members of the public at risk. 
     
    Support is being provided to the police by the RSPB, The National Wildlife Crime Unit, Natural England and the RSPCA. 
     
    Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, PC Simon Crossley said that the incident was an “utterly barbaric and sickening attack”.
     
     
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