A rare bird of prey stolen from a Doncaster breeder is on the loose after being spotted in a wood.
Sasha, a Russian goshawk, was snatched from an aviary belonging to owner Ian Trotter last week.
But now the hunt is on to track down the bird - which is worth thousands of pounds - after a member of the public spotted what appears to be the bird in the wilds.
Mr Trotter said: “It looks like due to all the publicity generated, the thieves have released the hawk into the wild. It has now developed into a full on bird hunt.”
Following our story last week, a reader in Misson spotted a bird fitting the description of Sasha, who was stolen from Mr Trotter’s home in Mattersey overnight on April 3-4.
He said: “A lady gave me a call telling me she had seen her and that she had taken a few photos.
“I rushed over and once she showed me I was 100% it was Sasha. I’ve now hit the local area with leaflets and posters in the hope of more sightings as this is my best chance of finding her and getting her back.
“We’ve been looking ever since but have had only one good sighting by a local gamekeeper near the polo club field in Misson.
Mr Trotter, who has been breeding birds for ten years, sasys the hawk is in breeding season and that the bird and her eggs could be worth thousands of pounds to experts.
He is urging anyone in the Misson, Austerfield and Finningley areas to keep a look out for the goshawk, which is worth £3,000 alone.
He discovered the bird had been taken after finding the wire meshing of his aviary roof had been cut through to release her.
He added: “I am offering a three figure reward for any information which leads to the re capturing of Sasha. She is part of a breeding programme trying to keep alive a red listed endangered species bird for future generations.
Anyone with information or sightings can contact Mr Trotter on 07931 536178