Kestrel shot and killed in West Yorkshire

Every report of a shot raptor is shameful, but there’s just something even more senseless about shooting a kestrel.

[Photo by Annette Cutts]

A kestrel has been shot and killed in the Pudsey area of Leeds, West Yorkshire, according to a tweet from West Yorkshire Police’s Leeds Wildlife and Rural Crime Team today.

No further details have been made available yet, i.e. date, specific location or type of weapon etc.

If anyone has any information please contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote the crime reference number #13200496679.

12 Responses to “Kestrel shot and killed in West Yorkshire”

  1. 1 Nigel Raby
    October 5, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    It’s pathetic isn’t it!

  2. 2 WTF
    October 5, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Despicable – yet another gun-toting moron unable to resist temptation.

  3. 4 Prestwick Pioneer
    October 6, 2020 at 5:42 am

    Right in the heart of racing pigeon territory too.

  4. 5 Keen birder
    October 6, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Lets all put up a nest box and give them a better chance, I had a Kestrel nest in one of mine for a few years, Kestrels have declined this last few years I think, from what ive seen.

  5. 6 kirsty lambert
    October 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Has anyone got suggestion how to report this kind of crime,I’m guessing this particular case was reported as the body of this unfortunate bird was found?
    It’s must have been shot in daylight so there may have witnesses. Walkers,dog walkers and hikers may witness these shootings but would not approach anyone with a gun?

  6. 7 Dougie
    October 6, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    The thug that shot the Kestrel is quite possibly one of that group of psychopaths who hold the perverted, but not uncommon, belief that the presence of a gun can improve any situation.

    He (I presume) is an unpredictable delinquent who could easily take pot shots at any animal or even a child IF he felt sure that he could escape apprehension.

    Clearly a nauseating hoodlum who is trouble looking for somewhere to happen. He has to be stopped.

  7. 8 Paul V Irving
    October 6, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    The sad thing is that these criminals are so stupid as to think every raptor is a problem but not so stupid as to commit these abhorrent crimes when there are witnesses. Of course we don’t know what sort of weapon was used but I would thing probably a high powered airgun with silencer. Perhaps the culprit could do us all a favour by shooting himself preferably not in the head as that clearly has no contents.

  8. 10 Bob
    October 6, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    They should shoot the person that shot this magnificent bird I love kestrels

  9. 11 Jill Willmott
    October 7, 2020 at 9:20 am

    What a shame; kestrels are beautiful birds and mainly keep down small rodents.

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