Protected peregrine falcon shot
THE NATIONAL Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking information from the public after the illegal shooting of a peregrine falcon in Wexford.
The birds of prey receive the highest possible legal protection under Irish and European law and to kill one deliberately is a criminal offence. The bird was found shot at Ballynastraw near Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. An X-ray has confirmed that the falcon had shotgun pellets in its wing and leg.
An identification ring showed that it was a young bird on one of its first flights. On the back of veterinary advice the bird had to be put down due to its injuries.
Dominic Berridge of the NPWS said there had been an increase in the deliberate killing of such birds.