Three Red Kites presumed poisoned found dead Nr. Lusk, North County Dublin

In July this year, 26 Red Kites were collected under licence from several nests throughout Wales, and then released in Newbridge Demesne with a further 13 fledged kites released a week or so later from a private location in north Fingal.

It is now being reported three of these red kites which were found dead near Lusk, North County Dublin are each thought to have been poisoned, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan has said. This brings the total number of red kites found poisoned in Ireland to four in the last few weeks.

[singlepic id=150 w=316 h=450 float= left] Expressing his disgust on hearing about the deaths of these birds which had recently been released in the area had probably been poisoned, the Minister said he was appalled to hear of this kind of behaviour.

A full postmortem on the birds has yet to be completed but the Minister said it was most likely the birds had been poisoned.

“I am appalled when I hear of this type of behaviour. We have been working closely with the Golden Eagle Trust to maintain Ireland’s biodiversity, with widespread public support,” he said.

“It is extremely disheartening to learn of this sort of activity when nothing can be gained from these types of actions. I can assure those taking part in such illegal and futile actions that they will become the target of the staff of the NPWS and every effort will be made to establish and prosecute those responsible,” he concluded.

The complete story can be followed in the Irish Times here.

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