08. 12. 2022
German gamekeeper caught killing strictly protected Goshawk
Following a tip-off from the public, CABS staff found a bird of prey trap baited with a live domestic pigeon containing a freshly caught goshawk in the municipality of Lengerich (Emsland/Lower Saxony) on 07.12.2022. While waiting for the police to attend, the perpetrator - a farmer and gamekeeper - came and killed the female goshawk in front of running cameras. On leaving the scene, the man, aged around 50yo, was intercepted by the police. During a check of the property, another active goshawk trap was discovered. As motive, the perpetrator stated that he wanted to protect the local "small game" as well as his poultry from birds of prey.
You can watch a YouTube video on the case here.