Buzzard shot in the head, south Yorkshire

From Yorkshire Post (7/4/18):


‘Wildlife crime will not be tolerated in our county’ – that’s the message from South Yorkshire Police after they found a buzzard that had been fatally shot in the head.

The force confirmed yesterday that the buzzard was found dead in the lower part of Hound Hill Lane, Barnsley, with trauma to its head attributed to either a pellet or shot projectile.

Police Constable Mark Winter, Penistone Community Constable and Wildlife Crime Officer said: “Buzzards, being part of the bird of prey family are protected in law and it is quite obviously an offence to shoot, injure or trap one.

This incident has occurred over the last few days and this is an appeal for information to assist with this investigation. Wildlife crime will not be tolerated in our county, please enjoy the countryside safely, responsibly and leave it as you found it”.


[Photo by South Yorkshire Police]

13 Responses to “Buzzard shot in the head, south Yorkshire”

  1. 1 Paul V Irving
    April 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    And so it goes on, Buzzards are probably thus treated very frequently as they are much the commonest of our larger raptors. Each time it happens and reported or a raptor crime is chucked out of court without the evidence being heard or the guilty get away with it some other way I am personally offended, I am a big boy and will survive but when will these numbwits, halfwits, and damned nasty bastards stop breaking the law and leave our protected wildlife alone raptors have been protected for over 60 years and they are still being killed routinely .
    Once many moons ago a pigeon fancier told me in no uncertain terms he shot Sparrowhawks. Strangely his loft away from home was shortly afterward invaded by a live mink in a sack, the mink survived the experience the pigeons did not. Whilst I would not at all advocate taking the law into our own hands and stepping down from the moral high ground it is time all persecution stopped, culprits were properly dealt with and their ” reasons” for being criminal arseholes were banned, banished and otherwise discouraged.
    A raptor worker sick and tired of them getting away with it whilst police, governments and statutory agencies do nothing.
    A colleague who is organising the counting of upland gull colonies this summer as part of the “seabird” surveys was advised by an NE employee to join a keepers social media group, he politely refused. Enough said.

    • 2 Phil Lanczak
      April 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      I could not agree more, and the shooting problem runs deep, I interjected when I saw two burly guys dressed in camouflage gear, including batman type masks as they were shooting Rimfire rifles on a public footpath at foxes when there were two recently fledged Hobby chicks in the area, they got quite threatening but I stuck it out and they keft. I reported this to the police who promptly came and spoke with these guys but did nothing and let them go. I learnt from a local guy that these two guys are actually armed response policemen !!!! They have shot out a rookery and who knows what else, the police rang me back a couple of days later and said these guys had the farmers permission, they balked a little when I pointed out that shooting rimfire rifles on a public footpath is illegal without certain controls being in place, which they were not. So I am left thinking that if the police themselves do this what hope is there !! I have seen no evidence that raptors are being shot and the Hobbies did eventually leave on migration, but who can tell!

    • 3 Steven
      April 9, 2018 at 7:04 am

      Sound as bad as shooting BOP, letting a mink go in a pigeon loft, Not the pigeons fualt is it.

  2. 5 Dougie
    April 8, 2018 at 11:00 am

    “NOT BE TOLERATED” …..Clearly there is a major problem with it being tolerated because it continues everywhere unabated !

    The police statement makes no mention of the date the buzzard was found…………… seems to be rather basic information that could be useful to finding the criminal.

  3. April 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    fine words from the Yorkshire Police but I don’t believe them at all. wildlife crime, such as fox hunting ? No, the Yorkshire Police tend to side with the criminals who are most definitely NOT TRAIL HUNTING. perhaps the Yorkshire police don’t consider foxes are wildlife?

  4. April 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Disgusting South yorkshire. Home of my birth. I am ashamed…. So very sad.

  5. 8 Lois Mitchell
    April 8, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    This is a cruel horrific waste. Whoever did this is a cruel self indulgent moron.

  6. April 8, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Always heartbreaking to hear, such a shame, especially when we can have no assurance that anything will be done.

  7. 11 Tony Warburton MBE
    April 8, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    “Won’t be tolerated” eh. So what are they going to do about it? It’s something of a permanently running tape! “We’ve heard those meaningless, mealy words so often before over the years that it reminds me of the boy who cried “wolf”. Sickening.

  8. April 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I am afraid our country is still run like a medieval fiefdom and the police are part of the master- serf society. The miners strike of 1984 proved what side the police are really on. Scargill was a fool and never thought the strike out properly, but the strike exploded into violence and the police were as much to blame as the miners. Until we get rid of our country being owned by a tiny minority wildlife will continue to suffer.

  9. 13 John Cantelo
    April 9, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    If an appeal can be made for information within days of this offence being committed, why does it often weeks or months in similar cases to do so?

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