Scotland:Police thank the public for their continued support as wildlife investigation into dead birds of prey continues

Police Scotland – Highland and Islands Division: News Item

Number of dead raptors rises to 20

Press Release: April 16, 2014

Police in Ross-shire would like to thank the public for their continued support as the wildlife crime investigation continues into the death of birds of prey in the local Black Isle area.

five dead buzzards

4 dead Buzzards

Local Area Commander for Ross and Cromarty, Chief Inspector Ross MacKillop said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank landowners, farmers and members of the local community in the Black Isle area for their patience, cooperation and assistance in dealing with this matter.

“All of our officers report that they received a great level of support and this is much appreciated. The most effective response to incidents like this is not just an appropriate police response but also a positive community response and that is what we continue to receive.”

Dead Red Kites

14 red kites and 4 buzzards are now confirmed dead, of which 9 red kites and 3 buzzards are confirmed poisoned. Toxicology test are still on going. This is now the worst incident of its kind ever recorded in Scotland.

The total number of birds of prey found in the area has now been confirmed as twenty, consisting of fourteen red kites and six buzzards.

The birds have all been located within an approximate two square mile area to the south east of Conon Bridge around Conon Brae, Balvail, Leanaig and Alcaig. The last bird found in the area was located on Wednesday last week (9 April 2014).

Following analysis of the birds’ remains, twelve have been confirmed as having digested a poisonous substance (nine red kites and three buzzards). Post Mortem examinations and toxicology work continues into all the birds seized.

Police would ask that if anyone notices any suspicious activity in the area, that they report this information to them on 101 or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. This can also be done online via the Crimestoppers website.

Partner agencies would continue to remind members of the public that if anyone finds any further dead birds or animals in the area they are asked to make a note of its location and inform the police on 101. Under no circumstances should anyone touch or attempt to recover any dead animal.

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