Bob Smith, Editor
Friday 20 November 2015 08:16 PM GMT
An investigator has criticised ‘Victorian attitudes’ to wildlife after it was revealed a red kite was poisoned.
Police Scotland appealed for information from the public following the discovery of the bird of prey in the Glenferness area near Nairn.
The bird was found by a member of the public on farmland at the end of October. Police said they were contacted and took immediate action to establish the cause of death. Test results returned this week confirmed the bird had swallowed an illegal pesticide.
Police Scotland 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.