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Appeal for information after red kite poisoned in Ryedale

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information after a red kite was found poisoned in woodland near the A64 between Scampston and Rillington. The bird was found in April 2020 and immediately taken to a vet but unfortunately was in such terrible condition that the decision was made to put it to sleep. Results have […]

Toolkit launched to help police tackle UK badger crime

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The National Wildlife Crime Unit’s Badger Persecution Priority Delivery Group (BPPDG) is today, National Badger Day (6 October 2020), launching a toolkit of resources to support police officers in investigating crimes against badgers. Badgers are one of the UK’s most persecuted species, despite having one of the highest levels of protection in law and it […]

Police team up with wildlife experts to protect marine mammals and seabirds

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A new operation launches today to ensure dolphins, seals, birds and other animals on the coast of North Yorkshire and Humberside can go about their lives without disruption The Yorkshire coast is important for marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and seals. Their numbers are thought to be increasing, particularly close inshore from Scarborough southwards – […]

Police urge vigilance after sparrowhawk shows symptoms of poisoning

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A very unwell sparrowhawk was found by members of the public in woodland, just off Gillamoor Bank, close to Gillamoor village near Kirkbymoorside in Ryedale. The bird appeared to be experiencing seizures and clenching its talons, and was taken locally for care, but died shortly after. The symptoms shown by the bird suggest that poisons […]

Police appeal for information after dog dies from suspected pesticide abuse

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North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information as part of an ongoing investigation into the poisoning of two pet dogs, believed to be as a result of pesticide abuse. On 23 April 2020, two spaniel dogs fell seriously ill immediately after a walk, with their owner, in the countryside near Pateley Bridge. The dogs were […]