This is a bit bizarre – there’s an article in today’s National about a police investigation, triggered by the discovery of a dead buzzard that had been tied to a tree and found hanging.
Police Scotland say that their enquiries show the buzzard had died of natural causes before being tied to the tree.
Here’s the article, written by Laura Webster:
POLICE have launched an investigation after a dead buzzard was discovered hanging from a tree.
According to investigating officers, the bird, found in Fife, died from natural causes before being strung up.
A member of the public spotted the buzzard close to the cycle path from Tayport to Newport on Monday.
Fife’s wildlife crimes liaison officer, Constable Ben Pacholek, said:
“Our enquiries show that the buzzard died from natural causes before being tied to the tree. But this was a reckless and needless act, leaving a dead bird hanging in a public place that has caused distress within the local community.
I would urge members of the public to be respectful and considerate towards wildlife at all times. All wild birds are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
If anyone knows anything about what happened or saw anything suspicious, then please contact us on 101.”