Satellite tagged golden eagle disappears

A satellite-tagged golden eagle called Fred disappeared on a grouse moor in the Pentland hills near Edinborough’s bypass on 21st January when his tag stopped working at 10pm.  After a while, the tag mysteriously started working again away from land in the north sea.  It is unusual for golden eagles to travel out to see for no reason so it is highly suspected that there was a persecution of this bird of prey.  The bird was tagged by Chris Packham and was named Fred after the landowner’s grandson.  A report commissioned by the Scottish government last year found that 41 of 131 tagged golden eagles disappeared in suspicious circumstances in Scotland, mostly on or near driven grouse moors.