Police in northern Scotland are investigating the discovery of 7 dead birds of prey.

Can someone please tell the British public what the hell is going on.

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Red kites are among the dead birds found at various locations in Ross-shire

Police have launched an investigation following the discovery of seven dead birds of prey. The the corpses of  red kites and buzzards were found in the Conon Bridge and Muir of Ord area of Ross-shire.

The raptors were found at different, but nearby, locations between 18 and 24 March.

Police Scotland it was unclear at this stage how the birds died, but said it was likely the deaths involved “some form of criminality”.

Detective Inspector Scott McDonald, who is leading the investigation, said: “At this time we are unclear as to what has caused the death of these birds but given all the circumstances and the close proximity of them being found we must assume at this stage some form of criminality.

“I would ask anyone who has been working on the land or using the area for recreational purposes to contact us if they have seen anything suspicious that may be linked to this incident.”

Police advised anyone who finds any further dead bird of prey to note its location and inform officers, without attempting to recover it.

Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) chairman Alex Hogg said: “This is a hugely disappointing discovery and we would ask anyone who knows anything about this mindless act to contact Police Scotland and to assist with the investigation.

“Clearly, until the post-mortem and toxicology reports are known, there is little information to go on. However, the SGA condemns wildlife crime and advocates only legal means to solving conflicts.”

Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “Whilst it is still unclear how the birds died and important not to prejudge the outcome of the investigation, we support Police Scotland as they continue to gather evidence about these incidents. We would encourage our own members to respond to the police call for information.

“If there is found to be some form of criminality involved in the deaths of these birds of prey then this is something that we would wholeheartedly condemn. Wildlife crime of any kind will not be tolerated by the responsible majority.”

 

5 comments to Police in northern Scotland are investigating the discovery of 7 dead birds of prey.

  • Betty Workman

    Shocking news this really must stop.

  • Kevin moore

    I suppose this is the work of the “few rogue gamekeepers again” nothing will change until the Rspb grow a back bone and condem outright the shooting fraternity.

  • Lyndsey

    We need to know what happened. There are several large industrial turbines in the area including a new installation. Is this a criminal act or bird strike?

  • Circus maxima

    5 red kite. What percentage of the local population? There are not that many of them up there, it has to be a significant number.

  • tweedler

    LYNDSEY. The deaths of these birds of prey would have been found at the scene ” Under the turbines” If that were the case…. Obviously not with this kind of Police investigation!