RSPB puts up reward money for bird of prey shootings.
The RSPB has put up a £1,000 reward for information after yet another buzzard was shot dead in an area of North Yorkshire.
The police and RSBP are investigating the shooting of a female buzzard that happened just north of Kirbymoorside in Farndale. The bird was shot with fragments of the pellets still let in the bird causing serious injury. It was said to have spent at least 10 days in this state. When vets arrived to collect the bird they had to put it down.
The RSPB has been celebrating the recent reintroduction of buzzards to the East of England however with the latest shooting it unfortunately is a set back for them in North Yorkshire.
A policeman leading the investigation said that “This is the fourth buzzard reported to have been shot in Ryedale over the past four months. This figure alone is disturbing but due to the hidden nature of the crime, this figure will not be a true portrayal of the number of raptors being killed.”
He fears that there are likely to be more birds out there that have been shot yet not discovered.
North Yorkshire is a problem for these sorts of crimes and the area alone has a worse record that all of those in Scotland, Wales and England's southern counties from details recorded in 2010.
These incidents are unfortunately common with goshawks, red kites, hen harrier and peregrine falcons being targeted.
Many of the cases where people have been convicted have been connected to game shooting with the interest of removing the birds of prey from where the game are held. This is to prevent the birds of prey attacking and killing the game stock.
The RSPB have submitted evidence to the House of Commons Environment Audit Committee linking the shootings to game keeping.
If you have any information on the shooting then please get in contact with North Yorkshire Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Source: The Northern Echo