Another red kite shot in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after the discovery of a critically injured red kite near Harrogate.

The wounded kite was discovered on Saturday 23rd April 2016 on farmland near Nidd, Harrogate and was taken to a specialist vet. X-rays revealed it had been shot. The vet believed the bird had been shot while in flight and had survived, unable to fly, for up to two days.

Unfortunately its injuries were so severe the kite had to be euthanised.

Press release from North Yorks Police here.

A big well done to the police for getting this appeal for information out so quickly – kite found on Saturday, press release (with photos) out on Wednesday. That’s a fantastic response.

Sick to the back teeth of hearing about the illegal killing of raptors? Help bring it to an end by signing this e-petition calling for a parliamentary debate on the future of grouse shooting – HERE

Red kite shot Harrogate April 2016

Red kite shot Harrogate x ray April 2016

21 Responses to “Another red kite shot in North Yorkshire”

  1. 1 Mike Whitehouse
    April 28, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Congratulations on the name change.

    Please keep up your good work. I think your approach to these appalling crimes is spot on and needs to gain support and momentum from all bird enthusiasts.

    Well done



  2. 3 crypticmirror
    April 28, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Told you the cops could be quicker in releasing statements. Five days is still too long though, same day or day after ought to be the target. Cops, you are improving but you can do better still.

  3. April 28, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I drive through that area twice a year and it is a delight to see them increasing.
    I have even seen them at Nidd.
    This really does show how personal it is when i may have even seen that particular bird.
    I hope all this recent news is getting into the media.

  4. 5 Chris Roberts
    April 28, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Bastards indeed! I would also like to say how pleased I am with your name change, Raptor Persecution UK is much more fitting.

  5. 6 Billy TF
    April 28, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This is never good, but Nidd is circa 10 miles from any grouse moor. It may be wrong to automatically make that association.

    • April 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      True but the first time i saw a Red Kite in that area apart from around Harewood House was at Blubberhouses. Ever seen any Red Kites or any other raptors on Blubberhouses Moor? I haven’t and i used to drive that moor quite often and still do twice a year. Maybe the [Ed: rest of comment deleted – libellous]

  6. 8 Secret Squirrel
    April 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    No doubting that was shot with a shotgun.

  7. April 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    It’s a constant fight and the general public must remain vigilant. I considered several options in how best to combat these crimes due to the generally remote locations involved and the difficulty in bringing the perpetrators to justice. We basically need lots of people to spend time in the countryside regardless of public access and constantly monitor vulnerable sites. Many birdwatchers have excellent optics and they could be put to very good use.

    Well done on the name change, completely agree with the choice.

  8. April 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    To think I used to work on that estate!

  9. April 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Slightly confused here…are you still RPS?..or RP UK?…

    • April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Just a name change to RPUK to reflect widening interests/coverage. Everything else the same. You shouldn’t notice any difference from what we’ve been doing all along, but the name change makes it easier, particularly for newly-interested journalists, who have been confused by the old name when we’re blogging about persecution in other parts of UK.

      • 13 Billy TF
        April 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        And what is it that you do that Raptor Politics doesn’t already. Seems to me to be a knee jerk to a comment made by the (almighty) M Avery.

      • 16 Marco McGinty
        April 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

        So, journalists find it confusing that a Scottish-based blog is able to comment on issues outwith Scotland? Surely, as journalists, many of them, if not all, will have commented or wrote about subjects outside of their homeland at some stage of their careers? I’m quite sure that a change of nationality wasn’t required to allow them to do so.

        You will be aware that you have blogged about incidents in Spain, and the Republic of Ireland, so would that mean that in order to continue doing so, you will rename the site RaptorPersecutionEurope?

        There was nothing wrong with RPS as it was, so this name change, and dare I suggest pandering to those that invariably treat Scotland with contempt, is a backward step, and totally unnecessary.

  10. 17 Andy Holden
    April 28, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    And another one bites the lead.

    Regarding the Police and Crime Commissioner elections next week; if you reside in North Yorkshire and are able to vote then my advice is to choose Mike Pannett, Independent.
    Out of the four candidates contacted Mike is the only one that appears to have experience in wildlife crime.
    This is what is stated on his profile;

    Mike Pannett is an Independent PCC Candidate for North Yorkshire.
    Mike Pannett was born in York, and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988.
    He became one of the youngest officers to be given his own patch, and served on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSG (Riot Police).
    He transferred to North Yorkshire police in 1997 as he missed the countryside – and fly fishing!
    He became a rural beat officer and eventually, a wildlife officer.
    In 2005 he starred in the BBC’s Country Cops and was inspired to write about his adventures in the North Yorks force.
    Mike served nearly twenty years in the police, during which he became one of the highest commended officers.
    He lives with his wife Ann, and their three children in a small village in the shadow of the North Yorkshire moors.

    I emailed this to Mike;

    I have been reading the profiles of each candidate for the North Yorkshire PCC.
    I see that you have been a wildlife officer in your previous employment and that alone would sway my vote towards you.
    My question to the other three candidates has been;
    What is your stance on wildlife crime, particularly the persistent persecution of raptors on our regions grouse moors?
    Mark Avery’s book “Inglorious” has opened many minds to the problem of raptor persecution.
    His blog is worth reading… Standing Up For Nature
    Now I imagine that you will be well aware of this type of crime so I would hope that you could be the person with some clout on the subject.
    I hope that your response can be shared amongst fellow wildlife protectors.

    Mike’s reply;

    Hi Andy – In a nutshell

    You’re right – loads of work to be done on the wildlife crime. One of the things I’ll look to do is form a working group on this very subject.

    We have (NYP) almost completely withdrawn from our rural communities and in turn lost the ‘golden thread’ on intelligence.
    I’m all too aware of the wildlife crime issues, and what’s required to maintain the balance.

    I worked hard behind the scenes to safeguard the national wildlife crime unit recently – vital. My role will be to safeguard my rural communities and its wildlife.

    Mike Pannett

    On the back of his reply I have decided to vote for Mike.
    Of the other three candidates; the present PCC, Julia Mulligan isn’t showing any progress on raptor persecution, but at least she replied to me. There was no mention of wildlife crime on Julia’s profile.
    The other two, James Blanchard and Stephen Howley haven’t replied, neither mention wildlife crime on their profiles.

  11. 18 Montgarret
    April 28, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    I saw this bird on Wednesday 20th with what I thought was a broken wing. I went home to get a cat crate and blankets so I could retrieve but could not find the bird. Reported to RSPCA but they wouldn’t send anyone without knowing exact location of bird. Read about the shooting in local paper today and contacted wildlife crime unit. I think it’s pretty obvious who the perpetrator is given the location. Proving it is another thing though.

  12. 19 NorthernDiver
    April 28, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not saying it was anyone connected with [Ed: rest of comment deleted as potentially libellous]

  13. April 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    So very sorry that, despite your best efforts, this beautiful red kite’s injuries were too serious to treat. Especially as he had managed to survive for two days. The decision must have been a great disappointment and distress to you. Thank you for doing your best as always.

  14. 21 Dylanben
    April 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

    If Crypticmirror had ever been at the sharp end in a case like this, he would be less likely to make ridiculous comments about the delay between the finding of the bird and the press release. I co-ordinated the initial action on this case and am particularly appreciative of the help from an avian-expert vet who came into work at a weekend especially to deal with this bird. His job wasn’t made any easier by him also dealing with another kite which had been shot dead on its nest in West Yorkshire and on which we are awaiting a West Yorkshire Police press release. Having hands-on personal knowledge of both of these cases, I cannot praise either the vet or North Yorkshire Police too highly. Unrealistic demands and implied criticism, such as the above from Crypticmirror, do nothing to help the cause.

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