An appeal has been launched after a bird of prey was shot dead in the Highlands.
The buzzard was found in the Dulsie area near Nairn in woodland on Sunday March 15.
A post-mortem established the bird had been shot and subsequently died of its injuries.
Police have now launched an appeal for information.
Wildlife crime officer constable Daniel Sutherland said: “Positive work is constantly ongoing in the Highlands in relation to raptor persecution so it is sad and disappointing to find another incident like this reported to us.
“I am grateful to the member of the public who came across the bird and reporting it. Our enquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.
“Anyone with information about this incident or may have seen anything suspicious in this area are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting reference NM502/20 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.”
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