The RSPB has put up a reward of £1,000 for information about the deaths of four goshawks and one buzzard which have been found poisoned in Devon. They were discovered in Forestry Commission woods near to Exeter and had been poisoned with the bannned pesticide Carbofuran.
A recent survey suggests that there are no more than 20 breeding pairs of goshawk in Devon.
Ian Parsons, a Forestry Commision ranger, said: “The people that do this to our wildlife not only deprive people of the chance to see these rare birds but they also put the public at risk. The poison involved is lethal to dogs and humans and the land where this happened is open to the public. These people obviously don’t care about the dangers of doing this“.
Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on: 0800-555-111, or email Devon & Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer P.C. Josh Marshall directly: Joshua.MARSHALL2@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
PC Marshall said: “We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears in wildlife crimes such as this. If anyone knows anything about this, please get in touch“.
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