A WILD buzzard had to be destroyed after being left severely injured by a shotgun blast.

The bird-of-prey was found with five shotgun pellets in its body – one of which had shattered the creature’s wing.

The buzzard was found on Brownmoor Lane at Huby, near Easingwold, North Yorkshire, last Friday, February 14, and was taken straight to a local vet for treatment.

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However its injuries were so severe that nothing could be done to help the bird and it had to be put down.

Police have launched an investigation into the shooting and have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them as soon as possible.

PC Clare Mayes said: “I am appealing to anyone who saw people shooting in the area that Friday to get in touch.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have been out shooting on that day to come forward as it may be the case that they have accidentally shot the buzzard while shooting other wildlife.”

She added: “It is always sad when a bird of prey sustains such injuries and it is important that we establish how this buzzard was shot.”

Anyone with information can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Clare Mayes or Thirsk and Easingwold Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Alternatively, information can be emailed to clare.mayes@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800-555111.