Belfast Telegraph

£1,000 reward to help catch peregrine falcon killer

By John Mulgrew

A reward of £1,000 is being offered to anyone who can help catch those responsible for blasting a peregrine falcon chick to death with a shotgun.

The bird’s carcass was found in the Glenwherry area outside of Ballymena on July 2, with three other falcons — a chick and a breeding pair — missing presumed dead.

According to Jim Wells MLA — chair of the Northern Ireland Raptor Study Group, which is offering the £1,000 reward — seven shotgun pellets were removed from the bird.

“They are attacking a bird that until very recently was endangered,” he added.

Birds of prey, such as falcons, are protected under the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985, making it illegal to kill or prevent breeding.

Police last night appealed for anyone with information to help them with ongoing enquiries.

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