A PROTECTED bird of prey was shot and killed in woodland near Alwoodley Lane in the Eccup area of north Leeds.
West Yorkshire Police said the Red Kite had been laying its eggs just hours before it was shot from its nest.
The Red Kite’s carcass was found hanging from a tree on April 21, but police only released details yesterday.
Police said shotgun pellets were removed from the dead bird.
North Yorkshire Police said last month that a red kite was discovered injured by a walker on farmland around Nidd, near Harrogate, on Saturday April 25.
Police said it had been shot multiple times while it was flying and had to be put down by a vet because “its wing was so severely damaged”.
Red kites are protected under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and anyone found killing one can face up to six months in jail.