Humberside Police investigation Buzzard found with severed leg: Possibly cause by illegal spring trap.

A £1,000 reward has been offered for anyone who can provide information about a buzzard which was found with one leg completely severed in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
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Humberside Police and the RSPB say the injuries are similar to those which may have been caused by illegal spring trap.

The buzzard was found alive on 21 January on the Sledmere Estate, near Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire, missing one of its feet and with broken tail feathers, immediately raising concerns of illegal trapping. It could not recover from its injuries and the bird was euthanised. More detail of the kind of raptor persecution detected upon the Sledmere Shooting estate within the last few years. One Man’s Poison-A report by the RSPB

The poor buzzard was in a terrible state  with one leg completely missing when it was taken to Jean Thorpe, Raptor Rehabilitator from Raptor Rescue. One of his feet had been severed and its other leg was in very bad condition. He was obviously in a great deal of pain and had been for some time. It is very sad to think that some people think it is acceptable to treat our wildlife in this way.

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Injuries sustained were so horrific the Buzzard was euthanized. 
The practice of placing spring traps in exposed positions to deliberately target bird of prey has been illegal since 1904 and carries a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine and or six months imprisonment.

Setting spring traps set in the open is a criminal practice, which harms birds of prey in the most horrible way. These devices are the raptor equivalent of a land mine – deadly and indiscriminate. I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police immediately – Bob Elliot, Head of RSPB Investigations – Bob Elliot, Head of RSPB Investigations.

 

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