Shot buzzard in North Yorks – 4th in 4 months

Buzzard shot Farndale 2013A press release in the Northern Echo reports that a buzzard has been found shot just north of Kirbymoorside in Farndale, North Yorkshire. Gunshot was found in the bird’s wing and bone fragments were sticking out of the injury. It is believed to have been in that state for ten days before it was picked up. Unfortunately its injuries were so severe it had to be euthanised.

The press release doesn’t provide any details about when this buzzard was discovered, other than sometime in the last four months, although we know from another source that it was 14 April.

Interestingly, PC Stewart Ashton of North Yorks Police is quoted as saying: “This is the fourth buzzard to have been shot in Ryedale over the past four months“.

So where was the publicity for the other three shot buzzards? We don’t recall seeing any media about those incidents. A quick look on the North Yorks Police website shows their last reported shot buzzard dated 4 November 2011 (see here).

It’s not the first time we’ve wondered about delayed or vague press releases from this police force, for example, see here, here and here.

At least the press release about this latest shot buzzard is timely. The RSPB has also put up a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Article in the Northern Echo here.

3 Responses to “Shot buzzard in North Yorks – 4th in 4 months”

  1. 1 jane payne
    April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    This is my neck of the woods, any good suggestions as to what I can do other than be a vigilante over the area?

  2. April 29, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Tell everyone you see what is going on and get them to sign and share this e-petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46473

  3. April 29, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    My husband and I have signed the petition and shared it. Is there nothing the police can do, it is just too sad that this happening…..

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