Police are appealing for information after 25 geese were shot and dumped in a river in Wensleydale.
The Greylag geese - both adults and their young - were found by walkers in the River Ure, between Harper Wath footbridge near Aysgarth, and Worton.
There were so many of them, it was initially feared there could have been a large-scale wildlife poisoning incident. However, on examination, it was found that the birds had recently been shot with a shotgun.
It is an offence under the Game Act 1831 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to take or kill these birds during the closed season, which runs from February 1st to August 31st.
PC Julian Sutcliffe, of North Yorkshire Police, is the Wildlife Crime Officer for Wensleydale and Swaledale.
Anyone with information can do so by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101, or emailing and quoting reference number 12180107689.