North Wales Police report Peregrine found poisoned

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18/08/2014

Police in North Wales are appealing for the assistance of the public after it was confirmed that a Peregrine Falcon had been found poisoned in June. Rural Crime Team manager Sgt Rob Taylor said:  “The death of a female Peregrine Falcon in a quarry in Penmaenmawr in June has been confirmed as having been poisoned and we are appealing for the public’s assistance in catching the offender.”

The falcon was recovered by the Rural Crime Team in June and underwent a thorough examination by a vet, where blood tests confirmed poison in its system had caused its death. “This is the second suspicious death of Peregrine Falcons in just a few months in North Wales. Poisoning was also suspected when four birds were found dead in a nest in the Nantlle Valley in July.” You can read this story posted by Raptor Politics on 16 July here.

The highly protected bird is often seen as a threat to racing pigeons, and police are following up a number of leads and will be asking the community for their help.

Sgt Taylor continued: “Only a couple of years ago we recovered a live pigeon tethered to the ground and covered in poison, as a bait in the same quarry and also a dead Peregrine nearby, so it seems the same person feels they can carry on with this cruel method of removing the birds.”

The poison discovered is a rodenticide used in the legal destruction of mice under controlled and safe methods. It can also have a devastating effect on birds such as the Peregrine Falcon if used illegally.

Sgt Taylor added: “It is very sad that a highly protected and rare bird is being wiped out of North Wales because someone is laying poison indiscriminately for their own gain. We are aware of the reasons and methods of poisoning and also the locations of our birds, so we will be working closely with the RSPB and other voluntary societies to put a stop to this practice and catch the offender.”

The police are advising that if any live pigeons are located by members of the public tethered to the ground that they should not touch them, but should call the Rural Crime Team on 101 immediately.

Rural Crime Teams regular updates can be found on Twitter @NWPRuralCrime

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