Gamekeeper's snare left badger caught on electric fence by its head
George Allan, from Skene in Aberdeenshire, appeared for sentencing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
A gamekeeper has been convicted of snaring offences which left a badger caught on an electric fence by its head.
George Allan, from Skene in Aberdeenshire, was fined £600 when he appeared for sentencing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
The 61-year-old previously pled guilty to setting a snare, failing to inspect it within 24 hours and failing to fit identity tags.
An investigation into the badger's death was carried out by the Scottish SPCA and the Natural History Museum.
An undercover Scottish SPCA inspector said: “The badger’s head was partially suspended from a live electric fence and would have been subjected to a continuous electric current.
“With assistance of the Natural History Museum in London, forensic entomology was carried out on the fly larvae found on the dead badger.
“The scientist was able to establish the age of the larvae and determined that the badger had remained in the snare for longer than 24 hours.
“This is the first time forensic entomology has been used in a Scottish SPCA investigation and we wish to thank PAW Forensic Working Group for their expertise and financial assistance.”
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