Tesco axes plan to hire sniper to shoot bird

Supermarket chain Tesco has been forced to rethink a plan to hire a sniper to shoot a protected bird which has been flying around one of its stores.

Tesco axes plan to hire sniper to shoot bird

The firm had applied for a licence from Natural England to allow it to shoot the pied wagtail, which has been regularly spotted in the aisles of a branch in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in recent weeks.

However, locals raised concerns about the plans to bring in a marksman with an air rifle to shoot the bird when the stored closed tomorrow evening.

Nature presenter Chris Packham waded into the debate on Twitter, sending a message reading: “Can I ask you to rethink the shooting of the wagtail in Gt Yarmouth store please. I’m sure the bird could be caught.”

The company responded to Packham’s suggestion that it contact the British Trust for Ornithology and has now postponed the shooting.

It announced the change of heart on the social networking site, saying: “Happy to liaise with BTO, we’re going to explore other options over the next few weeks.”

The RSPB responded to the news, saying: “We’ve heard from Tesco who are trying everything possible to remove trapped bird for the Great Yarmouth store.”

Pied wagtails are normally protected in Britain, with anybody who kills one without a licence facing a £5,000 fine.

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