Outrage as traps that crush birds' legs set on North Yorkshire grouse moor

A hen harrier had been seen in the area where the traps were found Credit: Press Association

A man has received a police caution after admitting responsibility for setting three pole traps on a grouse shooting estate inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The traps are designed to crush the legs of the bird when they snap shut. Trapped birds remain present until they succumb to their injuries or are killed by the trap operator. They were outlawed in 1904.

Last month a member of the public reported finding three spring traps illegally set in the open on the Mossdale Estate near Hawes, North Yorkshire.

RSPB investigators installed covert cameras on two of the traps, putting in place a safety catch on the remaining set trap to prevent it catching anything.