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Buzzard Put Down After Being Shot Five Times Near Easingwold

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11:31am 21st February 2014

Police are investigating after a buzzard was found injured near Easingwold.

The bird of prey was found on Brownmoor Lane in Huby on Friday 14 February 2014, with five shotgun pellets in its body. One of the pellets had shattered the bird’s wing.

The buzzard was taken to a local vets but could not survive its injuries and had to be put down.

Officers are appealing to anyone with information about the incident to contact them with information.

PC Clare Mayes, of Thirsk and Easingwold Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I am appealing to anyone who saw people shooting in the area on Friday 14 February to get in touch.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have been out shooting on that day to come forward as it may be the case that they have accidentally shot the buzzard while shooting other wildlife.

“It is always sad when a bird of prey sustains such injuries and it is important that we establish how this buzzard was shot.”

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 2 – and ask for Clare Mayes or Thirsk and Easingwold Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to clare.mayes@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12140024639 when passing information about this incident.

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