SCOTTISH Land & Estates, which represents 2500 landowners across Scotland, has condemned the killing of a golden eagle in Aberdeenshire.
Douglas McAdam, chief executive, said: "Like others we are saddened by the news of the death of such an iconic bird, made all the more distressing since the eagle was fitted with a satellite tracker in a joint project with the estate where it was raised.
“We have been aware of this case for some months and it is now essential that the evidence is presented for examination and that the facts are clearly established before conclusions are reached. I can pledge full and open co-operation from the landowning community in this. Scottish Land & Estates will do everything we can to support the police in their efforts to solve this case – we believe the Police Raptor Persecution Crime Priority Group will be an important vehicle for this and I have already requested the case be tabled on the agenda at the next meeting. "
"There is an enormous amount of good, positive partnership work being done across the land management sector to combat wildlife crime in all its guises, and as we saw last week this has paid dividends in the significant and continued decline in the number of illegal poisonings of birds of prey. We are committed to working in partnership to build on the progress that has been made and to ensure that nothing undermines these efforts”.