Police appeal after a protected bird of prey was found shot dead in Loch Farr, Inverness-shire
Police in Inverness are appealing for information after a bird of prey was found dead in the Loch Farr area of Inverness-shire.
A female Northern Goshawk was found in a tree in nearby Forestry Land Scotland (FLS) on July 10. The bird was recovered with the help of the FLS and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Following an autopsy, it was established that the bird had been shot.
Wildlife Crime Officer Constable Daniel Sutherland said: “This was a cruel and callous act against a protected bird of prey that simply will not be tolerated.
“I am grateful to the member of the public who stumbled upon the bird and reported it to us. Wildlife crimes can be difficult to investigate and we are working closely with a number of partners to investigate and translate. bring to justice those who seek to destroy or harm wildlife.
“I therefore appeal to anyone with information on this incident or having seen anything suspicious in this area to please contact the police on 101, quoting reference NM / 3907/21. Alternatively, if you wish remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. “
Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland Investigations Officer, said: “It is both depressing and worrying that in 21st century Scotland rare and protected birds of prey are still being killed on a regular basis. Northern goshawks are regularly targeted, even in state forests, despite their role as predators of crows and pigeons, species that some consider to be harmful.
Graeme Perst, Regional Director of FLS North, said: “We are working hard to protect all protected species on our lands, so it is extremely disappointing that an incident like this has occurred on lands managed by FLS. We are conducting regular monitoring of sites in this area and will continue to work with local law enforcement, the Highland Partnership against Wildlife Crime and the RSPB to ensure that all incidents of wildlife crime are reported and investigated. investigation.