These traps are used to kill so-called ‘vermin’ (e.g. stoats and weasels) but we’ve seen plenty of evidence of non-target species also being trapped and killed (e.g. red squirrel, song thrush, mistle thrush, pied wagtail, red grouse, rabbits, ring ouzel).
Here’s another victim – a kestrel this time.
Thanks to the blog reader who sent us the following post from the Walkhighlands forum:
This incident took place on a grouse moor in south Scotland. We contacted the SSPCA for information on the fate of this kestrel. An SSPCA undercover inspector said:
“We can confirm that we responded to a call from a member of the public regarding a kestrel that had been reportedly removed from a trap.
Unfortunately due to the severity of the injuries and to prevent further suffering the kestrel had to be put to sleep“.
We understand an investigation is underway to determine whether the trap was set legally or illegally.