Wildlife crime: Police investigate shooting of heron in Leeds country park

The heron was found dead near Burley Goit yesterday morning.
The heron was found dead near Burley Goit yesterday morning.

A heron which had become a familiar feature in West Leeds Country Park has been found shot dead.

The bird’s body was discovered in a field near Burley Goit, a stretch of water which once powered Burley Mills.

The heron is believed to have been killed by a single shot from an air rifle.

The heron is believed to have been killed by a single shot from an air rifle.

It had been a regular sight in the goit, adjacent farm land and around the River Aire for the past 15 years.

The incident is now under investigation by wildlife officers based at Pudsey Police Station, who examined the heron’s body after it was found.

It is believed the bird was killed by a single shot from an air rifle.

Anybody with information on this matter or any other wildlife crime is asked to contact PC Turner or PCSO Poole via 101, quoting crime number 13170082364.

The bird was a regular sight for residents living near West Leeds Country Park.

The bird was a regular sight for residents living near West Leeds Country Park.

The bird's body was examined by wildlife officers, who are now investigating the incident.

The bird's body was examined by wildlife officers, who are now investigating the incident.

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