A golden eagle and several other birds of prey have been the victim of deliberate poisoning in Scotland, a report has revealed.
Scotland's Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) unveiled the figures for 2011 which show wild mammals, livestock and pet dogs were also killed as a result of poisoning.
The report confirms there was a significant fall in the number of confirmed abuse instances down 50% from 32 in 2010 to 16 in 2011.
Scotland's Birds of Prey remain the biggest victims of deliberate poisoning resulting in the death of seven buzzards, a golden eagle, two peregrine falcons, four red kites and two sparrowhawks.
There has been a small increase in the total number of cases that required investigation from 233 in 2010 to 237 in 2011.
The report also revealed there were a number of accidental poisonings.
Environment minister Paul Wheelhouse said: "Scotland's natural environment is one of our most valuable assets not only for tourism but also for the well being of our nation. It is essential that we protect it and ensure that it is a safe place to be for all users as well as wildlife and domestic animals.
"This report has some encouraging results and I am particularly pleased to see the number of abuse cases decreasing by 50 per cent in one year. While, earlier this year, we welcomed a reduction in the number of poisoning cases involving birds of prey, we should not rest until all such poisonings are eliminated."
Douglas McAdam, chief executive of Scottish Land & Estates, which represents 2,500 landowners said: "We welcome the continued reduction in the number of confirmed cases of illegal bird of prey poisonings, it is even more welcome when this clear trend is seen against a backdrop of increased numbers of cases being reported and investigated. This is testament to the constructive partnership working between Scottish Land & Estates, other land management and conservation interest groups, the Scottish Government and law enforcement agencies. We will continue to strive for a proper balance in how we manage our wildlife, for the benefit for all."
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