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Golden eagle found dead on estate

Golden Eagle
The Scottish Government reacted with anger at another eagle poisoning

A golden eagle which was found dead at an estate in Angus was illegally poisoned, police have confirmed.

The bird was being tracked as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage project but her movements came to an abrupt stop at the beginning of July.

Police and wildlife investigators have been searching the Millden Estate, near Brechin, in connection with the death.

The police said the area was popular with walkers and anyone with information should get in touch.

Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham condemned the killing.

Ms Cunningham said: "I am truly appalled that yet another golden eagle has been illegally killed in Scotland - the second this summer.

"Illegal poisoning is simply inexcusable and while the perpetrators are certainly beneath contempt they are in no way above the law."

Dr Ian Jardine, chief executive of Scottish Natural Hertiage, said: "We are working with police and other partners in the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) to try and wipe out poisoning of wildlife.

"It would appear that a determined minority are continuing to spoil people's enjoyment of these magnificent golden eagles."

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