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Peregrine shot dead in Yorkshire Dales National Park

A female peregrine has been found shot dead (5 October 2016) in Hebden, near Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

No further details available.

If anyone has any information please contact PC Crossley at Skipton police station quoting incident #12160181442

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14 Responses to “Peregrine shot dead in Yorkshire Dales National Park”


  1. 1 Nigel Raby
    October 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I’m a Yorkshire man & proud to be, but unfortunately there are idiots everywhere.

    • 2 Peter Corrigan
      October 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      They aren’t idiots Nigel, they are people that support ‘country sports’, but probably done by a person employed to manage grouse moors… that’s a business that gets government subsidies

  2. 4 Chris Roberts
    October 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

    What a waste of a precious life, far more valuable to the planet than the low life scum that did this. Unfortunately none of our elected ‘leaders’ will be to concerned about ‘just another bird’.

  3. 5 Jonathan Wallace
    October 7, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I wonder what the most ludicrous attempt to deflect the finger of blame from the game shooting industry will be…

  4. October 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    “Hen Harrier seen with shotgun in Hebden area. Main suspect in shot Peregrine case.”

  5. October 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Maybe if these crimes were treated as “gun crimes” they might get more attention?
    “Wildlife crime” is seen as being a soft issue by politicians. These maniacs are discharging fire arms all over the place without it being considered a gun crime.

  6. 8 Jack Snipe
    October 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Every report like this that comes in reinforces my belief that we need to step up the campaign to end all shooting of wildlife for fun, not just driven grouse shooting. A huge aspiration, but every mountain climbed begins with a single step. Come on RSPB, time to get radical.

    • 9 Paul Thompson
      October 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      I have been a member of the RSPB for more than 40 years. I am considering not renewing my subs. Prince William shoots grouse and recently his grandmother, our Queen, drove him to a shoot The words Royal and Protection in RSPB, to me, are not appropriate. .

  7. 10 Pauline Hoodless
    October 7, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I completely endorse this approach, let’s bring an end to the eradication of our wildlife, FOREVER!!!

  8. October 7, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Yet another killing which will get the conservative party blessing!

  9. 12 Rosie Williams
    October 7, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with Chris Roberts, such a sad waste of a beautiful precious life. Pity the same couldn’t be returned on the vile excuse of a sick human being that thought this was fun. I love the Dales and this is just appalling.

  10. 13 Jimmy
    October 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Another UK national park where wildlife criminals run amok

  11. 14 Merlin
    October 8, 2016 at 1:18 am

    to the ancient Egyptians it was the god of the skies, the sun and moon were its eyes. it has been held in the highest esteem by kings. depicted on the Bayeux tapestry on the fist of king Harold, in medieval times a savage array of punishments up to and including the death penalty was imposed on anyone interfering with a nest of this bird
    It has been described as nature’s top gun, it’s black head feathers have been compared to an executioner’s hood, In parts of the middle east it is still held in the highest esteem, the most natural and perfect hunting companion, it commands the winds and the sky, the phenomenal speed achieved in its stoop has always left spectators mesmerised, yet in England and Scotland despite laws to protect the falcon, the modern shooter has took it upon himself to class this bird as vermin, he envies the success and prowess of the falcon, he believes the bird has no right to hunt a bird he wants to kill with a gun, pure greed has taken the “sport” of game shooting in England and Scotland to an all-time low.
    In April 2015 a Maltese man was jailed for 12 months and fined 5,000 euros for killing a kestrel, all hunting in the area was suspended for the rest of the season,
    In may 2016 a gamekeeper in Yorkshire was given a police caution for setting traps so cruel they were made illegal over 100 years ago, since then there have been numerous more Raptor related crimes In Yorkshire despite the words of Amanda Oliver the then North Yorkshire Police Acting Chief Constable and also the newly-appointed Police National Wildlife Crime lead “On behalf of North Yorkshire Police I would like to assure you that we will do our very best to protect our local wildlife, and deliver the police national wildlife action plan here in North Yorkshire and more widely.
    In June 2015 A farmer in Spain has been found guilty of laying out poisoned baits and poisoning at least 11 red kites, five dogs, six foxes, a cat, a raven, a buzzard and four vultures.
    His sentence? Two years in prison, two years’ disqualification from farming or any other profession relating to animal husbandry (post release), four years’ disqualification from hunting (post release), a fine of 90,270 Euros plus an additional fine of 28,500 Euros to be used specifically to monitor red kites in the local area for the next three years

    September 2016 another satellite tagged juvenile hen harrier disappears in the Cairngorms “national” park, this park is vying for the title of most vile national park in the country for wildlife crime along with the north York moors, Bowland and the peak district, however the environment secretary has issued strong words that are bound to strike fear into the hearts of the criminal gangs operating on public subsidies in the uplands
    “I take this issue very seriously and it shows the need to establish whether the disappearance of these birds is indicative of criminal activity.
    It is clearly suspicious, but we must ensure that a robust statistical analysis of all the data from over 200 tagged birds supports any conclusion.
    I will consider what action to take in the light of the full evidence, and I am not ruling out any options.”
    We know its criminal activity, you only need to look at how many gamekeepers keep turning up in courtrooms, 70% of crimes involving birds of prey are carried out by gamekeepers, if you take it seriously you can make a start by giving the SSPCA the powers to help the police, do we really need to start an online petition up to get SMP’S make simple decisions


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