NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Peregrine falcon shot in Ballater has to be destroyed

Shot peregrine falcon
Image caption The bird was found badly injured in woodland in the Ballater area

Police have appealed for information after a shot peregrine falcon had to be destroyed.

The protected bird was found badly injured in woodland in the Ballater area by a dog walker.

Tests showed the peregrine falcon had been wounded by a shotgun, with the pellets causing a serious fracture to the bird's right leg.

Grampian Police wildlife crime officer Dave MacKinnon said: "It is an absolute disgrace."

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