Police are appealing for information after a dead buzzard was found hanging from a tree in Fife.
Investigating officers said the bird had died from natural causes before being strung up.
The buzzard was found by a member of the public on the cycle path from Tayport to Newport, near to the West Lighthouse, on Monday.
Constable Ben Pacholek, Fife’s wildlife crime liaison officer, said: “Our enquiries show that the buzzard died from natural causes before being tied to the tree. But this was a reckless and needless act, leaving a dead bird hanging in a public place that has caused distress within the local community.
“I would urge members of the public to be respectful and considerate towards wildlife at all times. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
“If anyone knows anything about what happened or saw anything suspicious, then please contact us on 101.”