Scottish SPCA appeal for information after sparrowhawk found tethered in Carnoustie

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a sparrowhawk was found tethered in a field at the top of Lochend Road in Carnoustie.

Sparrowhawk with bottle

We were alerted by a member of the public who came across the bird on 7 April.

Animal rescue officer Dionne Boyack said, “We were notified by a concerned member of the public who came across the sparrowhawk.

“It was found to be tethered in an unusual way, so we don’t suspect this to be a falconer.  The bird was restrained with cable ties and attached to a bottle which was hindering its ability to fly.

“It is possible the bird got caught up in this unfortunate way by accident.

“After assessing the sparrowhawk for injury and being satisfied that he had none, I freed him and he flew away.

“If anyone in the area has any information about how the bird came to be trapped in this way, please contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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