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Concerns for Golden Eagle pictured with trap attached to leg

By Alistair Whitfield

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THIS Golden Eagle has been seen in the Cairngorms with what appears to be a trap attached to its leg.

A tourist took this photograph on Thursday and passed it on to the RSPB who have serious concerns about the young bird's welfare.

Police Scotland are now asking for information about the Golden Eagle which was last seen flying above Crathie on the other side of the Lecht.

Sergeant Kim Wood said: "Enquiries are ongoing in conjunction with our partner agencies including the RSPB.

"We would encourage anyone who has information which could help to locate this eagle to contact the Police on 101 or another relevant authority as soon as possible."

Golden eagles maintain home ranges or territories that may be as large as 77 square miles. They build nests in cliffs and other high places to which they may return for several breeding years.

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