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Police in Cumbria have cautioned a man this week for attempting to sell a barn owl. An investigation was launched by wildlife and rural crime officers from Cumbria Constabulary after a free local advertisement was placed in a north Cumbria magazine offering a barn owl for sale.
On Thursday 28th June 2012, Cumbria Police wildlife crime officers, supported by the National Wildlife Crime Unit executed a search warrant under the Control of trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations (COTES), at an address in Carleton, Carlisle.
A barn owl was found and will be rehomed at an owl centre. A 29 year old man from Carlisle was brought into police custody and has since received a police caution.
PC John Shaw, Cumbria Constabulary’s Wildlife & Rural Environmental Crime Officer said: “Barn Owls are a protected species and are given the highest level of protection from illegal trade.
“It is a criminal offence to sell, offer for sale or purchase an endangered species.
“The barn owl has been located and will be safely re-homed in an owl centre. Cumbria Constabulary will continue to thoroughly investigate any reports of wildlife or rural crime in the county. If you have information about a crime that impacts on our wildlife or rural communities, please call police on 101.”