Between 1989 and 2011, 29 golden eagles are known to have been poisoned together with another 17 which have died as a result of shooting – mostly on sporting estates. We know only too well this is just the small tip of a very large iceberg.
We feel the Scottish Government should and must now do more to stop this unacceptable blight of Scotland’s world wide image now. We invite all our followers to send comments and opinion to the Scottish Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse, to express the utter disgust that such an outrageous crime should happen time and time again in Scotland. We also concur with other bloggers commenting on Mark Avery’s blog this morning, an email or two to Alex Salmond might not go amiss either, although we have to say the first minister seems more concerned these days with destroying the Scottish Landscape. [email protected]
In 2009, the death from poisioning of a golden eagle – which was being tracked by Scottish Natural Heritage – resulted in searches under police warrant on the Millden Estate, near Brechin, as part of an ongoing criminal inquiry.
Had satellite transmitters not been attached to all those Scottish golden eagles which have been found dead over the last six years, most would never have been found at all. The people we feel sorry for are the RSPB investigators who must feel totally and utterly let down and frustrated at such unacceptable events which they are powerless to prevent.