Support for appeal for information over missing hen harrier

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Scottish Land & Estates has issued the following statement regarding an appeal for information about a missing hen harrier, Skylar.

Sarah-Jane Laing, executive director, Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We support the appeal for information about the hen harrier, Skylar, whose satellite tag stopped working in February. Any missing protected species is a cause for concern and anyone with information should contact the police immediately. We wholeheartedly condemn any form of raptor persecution.

“It is disappointing that it has taken three months for the alarm to be raised about Skylar. Landowners in the area are surprised that this is the first that they have heard of any issues and stand ready to assist the police in any investigation that they may undertake. Our view is the sooner concern is raised the more assistance can be given to find the bird, and where a crime has been committed then it would surely help increase detection and prosecution. This is why a more independent and transparent system of monitoring satellite-tagged birds should be established. We also question the presumption that grouse moor management is responsible without evidence to support it. That is a matter for any police investigation.”