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Police warning after bird of prey dies of poisoning

A bird of prey found dead in the Scottish Borders had been poisoned, police said.

The buzzard was discovered by a member of the public close to Carcant Hill in the Herriot area on Sunday June 30.

The bird, which was in a badly decomposed state, was sent for forensic analysis.

It was initially confirmed that it had been shot with a shotgun pellet.

Further analysis confirmed the cause of death was the direct result of poisoning.

Potentially we are talking about baits laced with poison that have been laid out in the open countryside for this bird to feed on.

The use of poison is always of grave concern because it has the potential for indiscriminate contact beyond the birds illegally targeted and could therefore kill pets, other wildlife or anything else that may come into contact with it.

– PC Hannah Medley, Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer for Police Scotland.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.