Another Buzzard found shot by a shotgun in the Scottish borders

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A post-mortem examination has revealed that a buzzard that died in the Borders was killed by a shotgun.

The wounded buzzard was found at the side of the road between Heriot and Innerleithen on 24 July by a member of the public who took the bird to a vet for treatment. The injured bird was taken to a local vet but had to be put to sleep due to the extent of its injuries.

Tests have now shown that the bird was hit by pellets from a shotgun and the Scottish SPCA is appealing for information about the incident. An undercover inspector said: “A post mortem revealed the buzzard had been hit with a shotgun, with a pellet in its head and damage to its wing. “As the bird did not die outright it would have suffered a great deal of pain and distress. “We believe this was a deliberate act which would constitute an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.”

‘Particularly abhorrent’

A spokesperson for the ScotTish SGA said it’s inquiries so far had not produced any leads and urged anyone with information to get in touch.

Environment Minister Aileen McLeod said: “The illegal persecution of birds of prey is always unacceptable, but this case – with the pain and suffering caused to the buzzard – is particularly abhorrent.” The Minister urged anyone with information to come forward.

“I am resolute in my determination to do all I can to put a stop to crimes such as this, with the Scottish government working with law enforcement and others through the Partnership Against Wildlife Crime in Scotland (PAWS),” she added.

“I expect all right-minded people involved in the countryside, including with shooting, to support our efforts.”

She said the Scottish government had already put new measures in place to tackle wildlife crime but said further action – including the licensing of shooting businesses – remained an option.

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a buzzard was found wounded in the Scottish Borders having been shot.

“If anyone has any information that may help our investigation we would urge them to come forward. Calls to our helpline are in strict confidence and can be made anonymously.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or Police Scotland on 101.

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