A leaked report is now saying a Golden Eagle was recently found dead on the island of Harris; if toxicology tests confirm the bird had been poisoned, this will bring the total number of Golden Eagles illegally poisoned in Scotland during the last three weeks to 3. Can things really get any worst we ask? This time the dead bird was found dead in prime island habitat on the island of Harris, regarded as a breeding hot spot for Golden Eagles with upwards of 20 pairs. According to the RSPB the latest recovery brings the total number of Eagles found dead in the same region to 3 during the last 10 years. The two other eagles found were white-tailed eagles.
Police are investigating another suspicious golden eagle death- this time in one of the heartlands of the species. The Golden Eagle was found at Loch Langabhat on Harris at the end of June. Scotland’s first all year round observatory to allow the public to view Golden Eagles opened on the island earlier this year.
It is understood that the eagle was found by rangers working for the North Harris Trust, which runs the observatory on the island.
The area has one of the highest breeding concentrations of the Golden Eagles in Europe. About 20 pairs of Golden Eagles are resident on the island.
A police spokesman said: “We are investigating the death of a Golden Eagle on the island of Harris. Its carcase has been sent for analysis to see if it had been poisoned.”
The same day as the Harris eagle was found, toxicology tests confirmed that a Golden Eagle found dead near Morar in Lochaber in March had been poisoned by a banned pesticide.