1 April 2016 at 11:11am
A rare bird of prey has been found with gunshot wounds. North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after a large, adult, female red kite was found shot on March 25, at Low Marishes, north of Malton. It was still alive.
The bird has received medical attention and is being treated at a specialist rescue centre.
"This is a magnificent bird of prey that has been deliberately targeted and shot. We are extremely lucky to be able to see these birds in the wild here in Ryedale, and as a community we should be appalled that someone has chosen to try to kill it.
"It is lucky that the bird has been found alive and there is still a chance that it might get to live a life in the wild. However, this does not diminish the severity of the crime and I am appealing to anyone who might have information that could assist me in my investigation."
YORKSHIRE POLICE WILDLIFE
CRIME OFFICER, PC JEZ WALMSLEY
Anyone with information is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101
Last updated Fri 1 Apr 2016