Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clampdown Urged after Red Kite Dies

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Clampdown Urged after Red Kite Dies

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

The rspb yesterday called for an end to the misuse of pesticides by criminals targeting threatened wildlife following the death of a red kite in Tynedale.

The bird, one of 20 kites reintroduced last year to Gateshead, was found poisoned next to a rabbit and a pheasant carcase, which forensic analysis revealed were laced with carbofuran, an agricultural chemical formerly used to remove pests from arable crops.

Since 1989, 107 red kites across the UK have been poisoned, many of which died as a result of consum-ing poisoned baits.

The majority of the dead birds come from recently reintroduced populations.

Andy Bunten, the RSPB's North of England regional director, who lives in Hexham, said: "I am appalled that someone in Tynedale is using lethal poisons in this illegal and dangerous way.

"I hope that someone locally may have some information that will help the police catch whoever is responsible, and stop the poisoner before other wildlife, pets or even people are harmed. …

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