Rat poison blamed for Castle Douglas red kite death
Forensic tests have shown that a red kite found dead near Castle Douglas in January was killed by rat poison.
The bird was found on the B794 road near Townhead of Greenlaw and was first thought to have been struck and killed by a vehicle.
However, tests have now shown it had ingested a rodenticide poison - used in the control of mice and rats.
PC Simon Kennedy said the discovery highlighted the danger of this kind of poison to birds of prey.
"At this stage we are keeping an open mind in our investigations into this case," he said.
"Working with our colleagues in the RSPB we regularly make appeals to those who use any type of approved poison in the countryside to be aware of the dangers to other birds and animals that may be affected by them."
He urged anyone with information about the incident, or anyone wanting to report another wildlife issue, to contact police.