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Man fined for raptor shooting

A 65 year-old man has been fined for recklessly shooting a bird of prey.

Keith Riddoch, from Aberdeen, was fined £500 after having been found guilty of a charge under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 today.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Riddoch was part of a group who took part in a corporate pheasant shoot at Ralia Estate, Newtonmore on Saturday 26 November 2016.

His shot, the first of the day, wounded a common buzzard. The bird was so severely injured that it required to be euthanised. Shooting a buzzard is prohibited under Section 1(1)(a) of the 1981 Act.

Sara Shaw, Head of the Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit said:

“Birds of prey are given strict protection by our law.

“We take people breaking our wildlife laws very seriously and it’s appropriate to ensure that offenders are brought to justice.

“This conviction highlights that message.

“The Crown will continue to prosecute such cases where there is sufficient reliable and admissible evidence to do so.”