Anger mounts as police probe confirms another red kite poisoning

Police in the Highlands are appealing for information following the confirmed death by poisoning of another red kite in the Highlands. The kite was discovered by a member of the public on farmland in the Glenferness area at the end of October. Test results returned this week have confirmed the bird had ingested an illegal pesticide.

Red Kite Flying

The latest discovery follows continued outrage over the earlier mass poisoning of red kites and buzzards in an area around Conon Bridge.Area Commander Chief Inspector Colin Gough said: “Sadly it has been confirmed the red kite had died as a result of consuming a poisonous substance and an investigation is now taking place into the circumstances.”It appears to be an isolated incident involving a single bird of prey. Police Scotland and partners are committed to tackling wildlife crime and will utilise all available resources to bring those responsible to justice.

“Investigations into wildlife crime can be very complex and challenging, with a major part of our enquiries involving liaising with members of the local community who may hold essential information.”

He appealed to anyone who has any information “to make contact as a matter” of urgency via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ian Thomson, Head of Investigations for RSPB Scotland said: “It is very disappointing to hear of yet another incident of raptor persecution in this area.

“It is thoroughly depressing that in 21st century Scotland, there are still those who have a Victorian attitude towards birds of prey, as well as a criminal disregard of the law.

“The continued targeting of our raptors is a stain on our country’s reputation and has no place in modern Scotland. I urge anyone who has information about this incident to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Police said yesterday that the separate investigation into the deaths of birds of prey on the Black Isle is live and ongoing.

They said in a statement: “The substance will not be named as to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

Police have previously come under fire for an apparent lack of progress on the probe, which dates back to March last year.

Sixteen red kites and six buzzards were located in a two square miles area near Conon Bridge.

This article was first published by the Ross-shire Journal 20 November 2015

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