A charity is offering a £1,000 reward after the discovery of the body of a golden eagle, which it said suffered a lingering death.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland said the body was found lying face down, with its wings folded, under a tree branch, close to a layby on a quiet country road near Aboyne, and was seized as evidence by officers from Grampian Police.
The eagle, which had a satellite transmitter attached to it, was found on 5 May this year. Both its legs were broken.
The carcass was taken for a post-mortem examination at the Scottish Agricultural College laboratory in Aberdeen. This concluded that the bird had suffered two broken legs due to trauma ‘that could be consistent with an injury caused by a spring-type trap’ and that the severity of these injuries ‘would prevent the bird from being able to take off’.