Golden eagle shot in Scotland09/10/2012 13:08:38 Condemnation as golden eagle found shot
October 2012. RSPB Scotland has condemned the shooting of a golden eagle, found barely alive, by a walker in Dumfriesshire. The bird was discovered on Saturday 6th October on a grouse moor near Wanlockhead, close to the Southern Upland Way. However, it is not clear precisely where the shooting occurred.
The eagle, an adult male, was recovered by Scottish SPCA inspectors and is undergoing treatment at its new rehabilitation centre near Alloa.
Shotgun pellets in tail and wing
Examination by vets showed shotgun pellets had caused injuries to the tail muscles and one wing. The bird also had extensive feather damage, suggesting it had been floundering on the ground for some time and had not been able to feed. It is too early to tell whether the bird will recover.
Poison & traps
Stuart Housden, Director RSPB Scotland commented "With one golden eagle already found poisoned this year, and a second bird the apparent victim of an illegal trap, this is yet another appalling incident. Whoever pulled the trigger must have deliberately targeted one of our most iconic birds, with lethal intentions.
Appeal for information
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, "This eagle has been caused tremendous pain and suffering.
Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, said, "I am extremely concerned and disappointed that this golden eagle, a very rare sight in this part of Scotland, has been shot and critically injured. This is completely unacceptable. Shooting a protected wild bird is a criminal offence and I would urge anyone with information to contact the Scottish SPCA or Dumfries and Galloway Police.
"Thankfully this golden eagle has survived and is receiving specialist care, and I hope in time it makes a full recovery."
The Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline is 03000 999 999.