Red kite poisoned, 20 months after its mother suffered the same fate

Poisoned kite photo Marc RuddockA young red kite has been poisoned in County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland, 20 months after its mother was killed the same way.

The young bird was found in January and tests have confirmed it had been poisoned with both Carbofuran and Alphacloralose – the first time both chemicals have been found in an Irish kite. It’s mother was poisoned with Alphachloralose in December 2011.

The Golden Eagle Trust (the group behind the reintroduction of golden eagles, white-tailed eagles and red kites in the Irish Republic) described the poisoning of two generations of a red kite family as “totally devastating”.

The latest bird (Blue White 21) is the first of 21 Irish-born kites to be poisoned. It was found by a member of the public close to the golf club in the town. The bird was still alive but died shortly afterwards.

News article from Golden Eagle Trust here

News article in the Irish Independent here

2 Responses to “Red kite poisoned, 20 months after its mother suffered the same fate”

  1. March 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    This is just so sad, is there any chance that whoever is doing this can be caught, or must it keep on happening, :(

    • 2 Dougie
      March 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

      It will keep on happening whilst there exists a criminal element in society who cannot, or will not, drag themselves up into the level of civilisation that the majority of people adhere to.

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