Police in Scotland have appealed for assist find a golden eagle spotted flying with a trap dangling from its leg.
A vacationer photographed the fowl of prey final week because it was once flying over the Aberdeenshire village of Crathie, on the subject of the Royal Family’s Balmoral property within the Cairngorms National Park.
The image, which the customer passed to police, presentations the eagle soaring with the trap clamped round its talons and a sequence placing from it.
Officers are interesting for info to assist find a Golden eagle which was once noticed flying within the #Crathie space of #Deeside final week with what seems to be a trap connected to its leg. Sgt Wood stated: “I encourage anyone who has info which could help to call 101.” @Natures_Voice %.twitter.com/G9vXRVTSHs
— NorthEastPolice (@NorthEPolice) August 13, 2019
In a tweet, North East Police stated they’re interesting for info to assist find the eagle “seen flying in the #Crathie area of #Deeside last week with what appears to be a trap attached to its leg.”
Twitter customers had been fast to sentence whoever was once accountable, with one calling it a “national disgrace”.
Another claimed to have additionally noticed the eagle about an hour’s pressure from the primary sighting.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which is investigating along police, referred to as it “sickening”.
RSPB Scotland’s head of investigations Ian Thomson instructed The Independent: “There is no way a bird of prey could become caught in a legally set trap and as such it is absolutely clear this incident is a result of criminality.”
The form of traps are incessantly noticed within the unlawful trapping of birds of prey on grouse moors, which duvet about 20% of all land in Scotland.
The enchantment got here quickly after the so-called “Glorious Twelfth” – the primary day of the once a year grouse taking pictures season – amid Labour Party requires a evaluation into the apply.
Golden eagles, which is able to develop to have a wingspan of just about 90cm (3ft), are the highest predator in Scotland and safe below the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.