Support is growing for a petition and Facebook group set up in the wake of a shocking case of bird poisoning.
A total of 19 birds of prey have died in the Conon Bridge area over the past few weeks and wildlife experts say they were killed deliberately.
The deaths have caused a public outcry and almost 500 people have now signed a petition on change.org urging the government to give the SSPCA greater statutory powers to combat wildlife crime.
The Let’s Get MAD for Wildlife Facebook group, which launched the petition, has also attracted more than 1000 likes from concerned members of the public.
The growing support for action comes just days after at least 200 protesters gathered in Inverness High Street for a ‘Ghost Raptor’ awareness event.
Organised by the RSPB, it involved campaigners and members of the public walking around the city centre carrying life-size cut-outs of red kites in protest at the recent mass poisoning of the Black Isle’s bird population.