Bird of prey’s death prompts police probe
Date of alert:
Friday, 31 March 2023
South Yorkshire Police
AN investigation has been launched by South Yorkshire Police’s rural crime team after a rare bird of prey - which had been tracked by conservationists for two years - was killed.
The male hen harrier, christened Anu upon being tagged by the RSPB, has been tracked since 2021 on moorland which separates Barnsley and Sheffield.
Having been tracked in areas such as Crane Moor, Thurgoland and Wharncliffe Crags, Anu’s tag indicated that he was roosting on a grouse moor on February 10.
However, the tag data showed unusual movement from the bird after 10.25pm that night, when Anu would normally have been stationary.