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Eagle disappearance review

Published: 11 Aug 2016 10:00

Environment Secretary orders analysis following reports of missing golden eagles.

The Scottish Government has ordered a review of satellite tracking data, following reports from RSPB Scotland that a number of golden eagles have disappeared in the Monadhliath mountains.

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, said:

"The latest reports of satellite-tagged golden eagles disappearing on or near grouse moors are very disturbing and disappointing.

"That is why I have instructed officials to analyse the evidence from around 90 surviving and missing satellite-tagged eagles, to discover if there is a pattern of suspicious activity.

"Grouse moor management does help species such as curlew and golden plover as well as generating much needed rural employment and income but this cannot be at any price.

"The public rightly expects all businesses in Scotland to obey the law. Let me be clear: grouse shooting is no exception.

"As previously stated, the Scottish Government is prepared to introduce further regulation of shooting businesses if necessary. It will be unfortunate if the activities of a few bring further regulation on the whole sector, but that is the risk those who defy the law and defy public opinion are running."