Police investigate deaths of five eagles in Outer Hebrides

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Police are investigating the death of five eagles in the Outer Hebrides in a week.

Two dead golden eagles were discovered two miles south of Bragar on the Isle of Lewis on August 14, while another two golden eagles and a white-tailed eagle were found dead near Bowglass on the Isle of Harris on August 7.

Inspector Jane MacKenzie told the Lochaber Times: ‘Around 1.25pm on Saturday August 14, officers received a report that two golden eagles had been found dead two miles south of Bragar on the Isle of Lewis. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

‘Enquiries are also ongoing after two golden eagles and a white tailed sea eagle were found dead near Bowglass on the Isle of Harris on Saturday August 7. They were significantly decomposed but forensic work is being undertaken to try to establish how they died.

‘Eagles are protected birds of prey and Police Scotland will always investigate reports of these birds being found dead. It can be highly complex, requiring detailed scientific work, but we will always strive to bring anyone responsible for this type of wildlife crime to justice.

‘Anyone with information about these birds, or any wildlife crime, should contact Police Scotland on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.’