Game Keeper using Letter Box Traps
Gamekeeper Shaun Allanson went to court regarding trapping certain species of bird that were attacking the pheasants he was keeping.
After a routine visit by Natural England officer Justine Clark to a pen where pheasants were being kept she came across a cage that cotained a buzzard that looked to be eating a dead pidgeon. This was then reported to the Police who found another trap nearby.
Such cages are not exactly illegal, but can only be used at certain times of the year and just to catch crows. They are not allowed to contain pidgeons. The reason for use of these cages is likely to have been to protect the pheasants which later could have been sold as game birds. Inside the pen they were protected from predators like foxes but birds of prey could still reach them.
Allanson has admitted the offenses and will most likely never work as a game keeper again. He has been ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work and also pay £85 court costs.
Source: The Telegraph
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