A spokesman for Invercauld Estate said: “The Estate became aware this morning of a press release issued by the RSPB with regards to an allegation that a common gull had been caught in a trap on land at Geallaig Hill.
“We have spoken with the police who we understand searched the site and we have also undertaken our own internal investigation. We understand the police did not find evidence of illegal activity and our own enquiry has led to a similar conclusion.
“Nevertheless, we are extremely concerned by the allegations made in the RSPB press release and condemn outright any unlawful activity. We echo the appeal by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Roseanna Cunningham, for anyone with information on this incident or any wildlife crime to contact Police Scotland.”