Date lodged: 29 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the sites of the sudden disappearances of satellite-tagged golden eagles and other birds of prey, which were identified in Scottish Natural Heritage-commissioned report, Analyses of the fates of satellite tracked golden eagles in Scotland, as being "suspicious" are not included in the raptor persecution maps and figures that have been published by Partnership Against Wildlife Crime Scotland, and what plans it has to include these in future.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 7 November 2018
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland (PAW Scotland) raptor crime hotspot maps and accompanying figures relate to incidents confirmed as crimes by Police Scotland. Unexplained disappearances of satellite-tagged golden eagles do not meet the Police Scotland criteria for classification as a crime unless there is sufficient additional evidence.
There are no plans to change the basis of the PAW Scotland maps or accompanying figures, which adopt a consistent approach to help inform analysis of multi-year trends.