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Protected birds of prey continue to be illegally shot and poisoned in Scotland

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Protected birds of prey like the Golden Eagle continue to be illegally shot, trapped and poisoned in Scotland. A new report by the RSPB, published on November 15, showed there were 108 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution throughout the UK.

The animals are protected by law in the UK. The Birdcrime study shows that in the last year, more than two thirds of all such incidents were linked to land managed for gamebird shooting.

In Aberdeenshire, a poisoned golden eagle was found lying next to a dead hare laced with a deadly banned pesticide on a grouse shooting estate at the Cairngorms National Park.A minimum of 68 golden eagles have been illegally killed in Scotland since 1981, with the vast majority being poisoned.New data for the past year showed three hen harriers, all from a small breeding population in southern Scotland, had also disappeared, sparking fears they were illegally killed.The abuse of newer and more toxic rat poisons to target birds of prey is also said to be becoming a big concern.

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