Second Red Kite from the 2010 release in Cumbria found shot

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A second red kite from the group of 30 birds reintroduced into Cumbria at Grizedale in 2010 after a gap of 160 years has been found shot dead.

Rangers believe that 20 survived the winter, which is in line with natural mortality rates.

However, this second bird was found near Rusland shot dead. It is the second known shooting fatality, as one was discovered shot in Dentdale last August.

Red kites almost became extinct from England between the 16th and 19th Centuries because they were over-hunted and lost their habitats.

They are now protected under the wildlife act, and wildlife officers from the Cumbria force are investigating the incident.

Wildlife ranger Ian Yoxall, one of the team monitoring the kites, said: “It’s just an old-fashioned view of the raptorial species of birds.

“A lot of people believe kites, for example, eat everything there is to eat, but they are actually scavengers mainly.”   [singlepic id=191 w300 h=400 float=left]

1 comment to Second Red Kite from the 2010 release in Cumbria found shot

  • John Miles

    What is wrong with these people? Are they upset that wildlife can make more money then shooting and feel pressured by this.