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Gamekeeper arrested over illegal cage traps
8:20am Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
A GAMEKEEPER from North Yorkshire has been arrested over the alleged illegal use of cage traps.
North Yorkshire Police said a live buzzard was found caught in the trap, which was inside a pheasant pen, in the Pickering area.
It was released unharmed and a second trap, containing a live pigeon, was found nearby.
A search warrant under the Wildlife and Countryside Act was executed by the force in partnership with Natural England and a search of the gamekeeper’s Pickering home and business was carried out.
PC Stewart Ashton, the investigating officer, said: “Police are receiving a growing amount of intelligence that raptors are being routinely shot, trapped and poisoned by gamekeepers throughout the Ryedale area.
“This is just the latest incident in what appears to be a persistent breaking of the law by a significant number of gamekeepers.
‘‘This is a hidden crime which usually goes unreported. Sadly, what we are seeing is just the tip of a very big iceberg.”
Anybody with information about persecution of wildlife should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org