A Spokesman for The Scottish Gamekeepers Association said: “There are a number of irregularities in this case. After looking at what the scientists have inferred may have happened and also studying the interpretations thereafter, the SGA has decided to open its own inquiry and will conclude this before commenting on a case it believes is far from clear cut.
“As an organisation we will be happy to present our findings to the Police in order to assist the investigation.
“The SGA provides all its members with up-to-date information and proper guidance, in line with the law in Scotland, as to how to set and operate legal traps.
“As an organisation we have been extremely pleased at the dramatic fall in bird of prey abuse cases in Scotland, with only 2 confirmed cases in 2012, and will continue to work towards there being none.”