“Left to die a slow death”: Protected buzzard shot in Waterford

1 May

protected buzzard shot

A protected buzzard found shot in County Waterford has died from its wounds, a local animal welfare group has confirmed.

In a Facebook post at the weekend, Waterford Animal Welfare outlined that after receiving a call from a member of the public on Thursday, it retrieved the injured bird of prey near Kilmeaden – “We removed the bird to the care of Paddy Hearne for treatment. Unfortunately it was soon discovered the bird, a young buzzard, had been shot.”

“Not only is the bird a protected breed, but the person responsible left it to die a slow death in the field” the group added. “Due to the nature of its injuries, it could not be saved. What a shame.”

Buzzards are protected under the Wildlife Act and it is an offence to injure or kill them. Anyone with information on the killing of buzzards is urged to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service – Tel: 01-888 3242 or LoCall 1890 383 000.

Find out more about Waterford Animal Welfare at


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