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Poisoned red kite found at Ruthven near Moy had traces of banned pesticide in its system

By Ian Duncan

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Red kites in the wild.
Red kites in the wild.

Officers have confirmed that a red kite which was found dead in the Ruthven area in October had been poisoned with a banned pesticide.

Further searches were carried out yesterday, together with the RSPB, on hill ground near Meall a’ Bhreacraibh and Ruthven, Moy, in the northern Monadliath mountains.

No further poisoned raptors or animals were identified.

Police constable Daniel Sutherland, the Highlands and Islands wildlife crime liaison officer, said: "Traces of a banned pesticide have been detected in a red kite found in the area. This incident is sadly another example of where a bird of prey has been killed through ingestion of an illegally held poison.

"I strongly urge anyone within the local and wider community to come forward with details on any information about this incident."

Red kite circles in the wild.
Red kite circles in the wild.

Following consultation with the Scottish Government Rural Payments Directorate and the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA), Police Scotland requests members of the public and any dog walkers to be cautious when walking in the surrounding area and the immediate vicinity.

Anybody who has information about this incident, banned pesticide possession or misuse, or other information relating to raptor persecution is advised to contact Police Scotland on 101 or pass on information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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