Two owls are found shot dead on moors

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truck, de­scribed as hav­ing two dog cages on the rear with a thick wooden cover over the dog cages, which was seen in the area at the time of the of­fence.

The sec­ond shoot­ing was of a tawny owl on the Kirklees Way foot­path just off Green­field Road some­time around Oc­to­ber 1 2018.

A post mortem shows that the bird had been shot, and had been stuffed into a dry stone wall.

Pc Dar­ren Parkin­son, ru­ral crime of­fi­cer for Kirklees, said: “We have been car­ry­ing out a num­ber of en­quiries into these shoot­ings and have been li­ais­ing with the RSPB as we have pro­gressed our in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We would like to speak with any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about ei­ther of­fence or who may be able to iden­tify the ve­hi­cle de­scribed in con­nec­tion with the first shoot­ing.

He added: “Owls, along with all wild birds, are pro­tected un­der the Wildlife and Coun­try­side Act 1981 and it is a crim­i­nal of­fence to kill or in­jure any wild bird.

“The gov­ern­ment has set per­se­cu­tion of birds of prey as one of their wildlife crime ac­tion pri­or­i­ties.”

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion about the crimes is asked to con­tact West York­shire Po­lice on 101.

The Wessenden Head Road in­ci­dent is logged un­der crime num­ber 13180457435 while the sec­ond shoot­ing is logged as crime 13180516301.

The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, PC 4038 Parkin­son, can also be con­tacted by email at dar­ren­parkin­[email protected]­y­ork­shire.pnn.po­

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