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Police ‘best placed’ to tackle wildlife crime, says society

An increased police presence in rural areas would act as a deterrent to wildlife crime, the Law Society of Scotland has said.

The organisation has responded to Scottish government consultation on extra powers for Scottish SPCA officers.

The society said in the absence of police patrols, it supported the idea of giving SSPCA staff more powers.

Police Scotland said it was committed to dealing with wildlife crime.

The Law Society said recent cases involving the poisoning of birds of prey highlighted a need for an increased police presence in some areas.

Sixteen red kites and six buzzards were found dead in the Highlands earlier this year.

Tests revealed that most of the birds, which were found on land in Ross-shire, had eaten an illegal poison. Police Scotland has been investigating the deaths.

For the full article visit BBC News.

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