Prey to rumour
(This letter was published in the Scotsman on 12 February 2014)
Logan Steele wrongly concludes that any bird of prey illegally killed is the responsibility of "the grouse shooting industry", and published unproven allegations ("Licence to shoot", Letters 27 January).
He cites an incident where there is an active police investigation into the poisoning of an eagle in Angus. Two months on, no evidence has emerged that the killing is linked to anyone on a grouse moor.
A shot buzzard in Stirlingshire was found on 2 February last year (not in the past month Mr Steele says) on the A873 near Thornhill, a long way from any grouse moor. Poisoned baits were found in Lanarkshire this month, but again a long way from any grouse moor. A buzzard found near Tomatin in December had died of "unnatural causes".
If Mr Steele has more information he should go to the police, but it is probable his comments draw on the ill-informed rurmours which this issue seems to generate.
Director, Scottish Land & Estates Moorland Group