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.
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.