The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Police probe shooting death of buzzard


Police are appealing for informatio­n after a buzzard was found shot dead in a woodland near Nairn.

The bird was discovered in the Dulsie area near Nairn on March 15 and a post-mortem examinatio­n establishe­d it had been shot and died of its injuries.

Wildlife crime officer PC Daniel Sutherland said: “Positive work is constantly ongoing in the Highlands in relation to raptor persecutio­n so it is sad and disappoint­ing to find another incident like this reported to us.

“I am grateful to the member of the public

“It is sad and disappoint­ing to find another incident”

who came across the bird and reported it. Our inquiries to establish the full circumstan­ces are ongoing.”

Ian Thomson, RSPB Scotland’s head of investigat­ions, said: “It’s clear that this bird suffered a lingering and agonising death as a result of a deliberate criminal act.

“Very few people local to where this bird was targeted would have both the equipment or a motive to kill birds of prey.

“We ask that if anyone has any informatio­n about the death of this buzzard or indeed any other raptor persecutio­n offences that they pass them to the police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with informatio­n should call 101 or Crimestopp­ers on 0800 555111.

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