Wildlife Crime: Cumbrian Peregrine Falcon Shot

27 March 2017

The RSPB* is investigating the death of a wild peregrine falcon in Cumbria…

.                      Peregrine Falcon (not linked to this incident). Copyright photo: Eddie Wren

The bird was given a post-mortem but the cause of death could not be confirmed. However, an X-ray carried out by a local vet uncovered three lead shot fragments in its neck, knee and hip, revealing the bird had been shot at an earlier date, but survived despite its injuries…

PC Sarah Rolland for Cumbria Police said: “It is quite apparent that the peregrine [found at] Newbiggin had been shot at some stage in its life. However, the post mortem indicates the fragments of shot may be historic and were not the direct cause of its death…”

Peregrines, like all birds of prey, are protected by UK law. Anyone found guilty of killing or harming a peregrine could face a fine of £5,000 and jail. Despite this, since 2010 there have been 57 confirmed cases of birds of prey being shot in northern England alone.

If you have any information relating to this case [or any other wildlife crimes] call Cumbria police on 101…

Read the full article, from ITV.

Steve Shearwater

 

* RSPB        Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

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