From the Ulster Herald two days ago:
Suspected poison left on bait near Rousky (County Tyrone)
THE Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) in Omagh are appealing for information following a report of suspected poison being left on bait in the Crockanboy Road area of Rousky.
It is understood that they were notified of the discovery of suspected poisoned bait on Monday morning, May 11.
“Following liaison with the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group and our own Wildlife Officers, we believe there may be various species of protected wildlife in the area,” said Constable Collum.
“It’s our responsibility to investigate cases of suspected wildlife crime and my appeal is two-fold.
We are keen to identify those responsible and are appealing to anyone with information, or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, to contact us on 101 quoting reference 466 of 11/05/20.
Also, I would take this opportunity to stress, to those responsible, the broad ranging consequences of such actions. Not only are you committing a crime and potentially killing precious species of wildlife. You are also presenting a risk to domestic pets and indeed children or anyone coming into contact with the poison or poisoned animal.”
Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.
The illegal poisoning of birds of prey is still very much an issue in Northern Ireland, as described in a recent ten year review published by the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime Northern Ireland last winter (see here). Carbofuran, a highly toxic banned pesticide, remains the poison of choice.
2 thoughts on “Police warn public as suspected poisoned bait found in Co Tyrone”
10/10 for the PSNI – fast off the mark. No waiting for lab results or whatever. Appeal made on the basis of a “suspicion”.
On countless occasions over the years police forces have delayed many, many months before posting an appeal for public help in relation to raptor crime. Time lost is never recovered, memories fade and opportunities to apprehend offenders diminish.
Many years ago we had a poison case, in Fife, taken to appeal – where it was made very clear that the police and Ag Dept officials had every right to follow up on a suspected use of poison, against wildlife – including house and ground searches. That doesnt seem to have got through to some people on the enforcement side.