Dyfed-Powys Police appeal for information after ‘unexplained’ death of two goshawks in separate incidents

Dyfed-Powys Police are appealing for information from the public after two goshawks were found dead in ‘unexplained’ circumstances in two separate incidents over the last few weeks.

The first dead goshawk was found on Saturday 26th March 2022 in the ‘Llanidloes area’ of Wales. There are no further details about the location.

PCSO Gary Gwilt said: “After receiving the report, a Rural Crime Team officer attended the location and recovered the bird. We cannot speculate on the cause of death at this time (as it may well be natural causes) however the bird has been submitted to the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) for an autopsy to be carried out, in an attempt to confirm a cause of death.”

Anyone who has information that could help with the police investigation can contact the Rural Crime Team by phoning 101 and quoting incident reference number 205 of 26/03/22

[Goshawk, photo by Martha de Jong-Lantink]

The second dead goshawk was found in the ‘Brecon area’ on Sunday 10th April 2022. There are no further details about the location. The goshawk has also been collected by the Rural Crime Team and its death is currently being described as ‘unexplained’. Presumably it, too, has been submitted for a post mortem/toxicology analysis.

Anyone who has information that could help with the police investigation can contact the Rural Crime Team by phoning 101 and quoting incident reference number 288 of 10/04/22.

2 thoughts on “Dyfed-Powys Police appeal for information after ‘unexplained’ death of two goshawks in separate incidents”

  1. What is it with the coyness about locations?

    Llanidloes area? Brecon area? This isn’t helpful. It’s like saying “There was a burglary in London! Please call us if you know anything!” More detail about location would help folk know if they were actually nearby and might have observed something.

    And as for the refusal to name estates on which killed raptors are found, that just beggars belief.

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