Investigation launched after five eagles found dead

Four golden eagles and one white tailed eagle were found dead just a week apart.

Investigation launched after five eagles found dead iStock

Police are investigating after five eagles were found dead in the Western Isles in two separate incidents just seven days apart.

Two golden eagles and one white tailed sea eagle were found near Bowglass on the Isle of Harris on Saturday, August 7.

Officers say the birds were significantly decomposed but forensic work is being undertaken in a bid to establish how and when they died.

Then a week later, on Saturday, August 14, the bodies of two more golden eagles were found two miles south of Bragar on the Isle of Lewis.

Police say enquires are underway to establish the full circumstances of the deaths as they warn anyone guilty of wildlife crimes that they will be “brought to justice”.

Inspector Jane MacKenzie said: “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, can contact Police Scotland on 101, or make a call anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”