Protected bird of prey euthanised after being illegally shot

The red kite was recovered, but had to be put to sleep as its injuries were too severe to recover from.

Protected red kite euthanised after being illegally shot on Lochindorb Estate, Grantown-on-Spey Getty Images

An appeal has been launched after a protected bird of prey was illegally shot on an estate in the Highlands.

Officers were called to reports of a red kite being shot at around 11.15am on Monday, March 27, on the Lochindorb Estate in Grantown-on-Spey.

The bird was recovered with the help of Scottish SPCA officers, but had to be euthanised as its injuries were too severe to recover from.

“The red kite is a protected species and under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is illegal to kill them,” said community police inspector Craig Johnstone.

“I am asking anyone in the local community who may be able to help with our enquiries to come forward.

“If you were walking in the area on Monday then please let us know if you saw anything.

“In particular, if you saw quad bikes in the area or off road vehicles, then get in touch as even the smallest bit of information could assist with our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1760 of Monday, March 27, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.