Red kite killed in '˜shocking' act of cruelty

A red kite has been killed in what police today described as a 'shocking act of cruelty.'

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 5:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th April 2016, 6:29 pm
Red Kite
Red Kite

The bird was found injured by a walker found on farmland near Nidd, Harrogate, on Saturday, and was taken to a vet but its wing was so severely damaged that it had to be put down. X-rays confirmed that it had been shot with a shotgun.

It is believed the bird had been shot while in flight, and had survived, unable to fly, for up to two days, before it was found.

PC Gareth Jones, wildlife crime co-ordinator at North Yorkshire Police, said: “It has taken many years to re-introduce red kites after their extinction from the UK by persecution.

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“People in Harrogate have become used to seeing red kites soaring above the town, and will be shocked by this meaningless and cruel act.”

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101.