Police Scotland is encouraging people to report any concerns about finding remains of birds of prey following the non-suspicious death of a golden eagle in the Western Isles.
The carcass of the bird was discovered on Barra on the afternoon of Monday, March 12th, by members of the public. Following a post-mortem, it has been established that there are no suspicious circumstances.
Wildlife crime officer Constable Daniel Sutherland said: "It has been established that this bird succumbed to injuries which are consistent with being inflicted by another eagle.
"I would like to thank members of the public who reported this incident for their vigilance and bringing this to our attention.
"Due to the death being reported promptly, the eagle was recovered for testing and it was quickly established how the bird had died.”
He said: “The importance, not only for the police, but for our veterinary colleagues in building up a picture of the natural causes of death of birds is very useful.
"I would encourage anyone who finds the remains of a bird of prey and has concerns about it to contact us so the circumstances can be assessed,” Constable Sutherland said, adding: "You can contact Police Scotland on 101 to report any concerns."