A hunt has been launched after the “suspicious” disappearance of a golden eagle in the Scottish Borders.
The satellite-tagged bird was first reported missing on October 18 and was last seen in the area to the west of Fountainhall between Heriot and Stow.
Officers believe the eagle has been harmed and have urged anyone with information to get in touch.
Detective sergeant David Lynn, Police Scotland wildlife crime coordinator, said: “Since the report was made, officers have been working with a range of partner agencies to establish more details and gather further information to establish the circumstances.
“The bird was last seen in the area to the west of Fountainhall, between Heriot and Stow on Thursday, October 12.
“A full search of this area was carried out and officers believe the bird has come to harm and are treating its disappearance as suspicious.
“We are determined to protect these magnificent birds. We work closely with a number of partners to tackle wildlife crime, which can be challenging and complex to investigate.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference number 1193 of October 18.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be phoned anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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