Scottish landowners say they are ?disgusted and appalled? at the shooting of a golden eagle, found close to death in north-east Dumfries and Galloway.

The Scottish SPCA says it was alerted after a member of the public discovered the injured bird, an adult male, on a grouse moor near Wanlockhead, close to the Southern Upland Way.

Luke Borwick, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: ?The incident is particularly distressing in the light of recent progress that has been made to eradicate incidents of wildlife crime, specifically illegal poisoning of birds of prey.

?Scottish Land & Estates members will continue to do whatever they can to support the police and the Scottish Government, working in partnership with other agencies and organisations, to eradicate wildlife crime in all its forms.?

The rest of this article appears in the 17th October issue of Shooting Times.

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