Red Kite found with serious leg injuries anesthetised after being snared in an illegal trap in Sterlingshire

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A red kite has been humanely killed after it was injured and in distress after being caught in an illegal trap. Police Scotland is now appealing for information to help them trace the person who laid the trap. The red kite was found on moorland, west of Stirling, on May 13.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “This was clearly an intentional act with the sole purpose of trapping this type of bird of prey. It was a very specific act for a very specific purpose.

“Police Scotland’s specialist wildlife crime liaison officers are investigating and working closely with landowners, the RSPB and the Scottish Raptor Study Group to identify those responsible.

“We are asking people who live and work in the area, or who may have been visiting to come forward if they saw anything or if they have any information that may help catch those responsible.”

Earlier this month, Scotland’s Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse said it was likely that 100 red kites had been killed in Scotland over the last 25 years.

He also condemned the ”horrendous” poisoning of more than 20 birds of prey in northern Scotland last year. A reward for information about the deaths of the 16 red kites and six buzzards in Ross-shire has reached £26,000. However despite this huge financial incentive no one has so far come forward with information.

Information can be given by contacting Police Scotland on 101 or phoning the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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