Gulls have struck the first blow ahead of a turf war for territory in the north-east.
A bird charity has warned health and safety rules could come into play before lasers can be used to tackle Elgin’s gull problem.
Lasers could be the latest weapon to be deployed in Moray in the war against menacing gulls.
A Moray pensioner left bloodied by a gull which swooped on him outside his home has warned the "vicious" birds could kill a child.
Councillors will today scrutinise plans for a 21-mile long protection area for threatened local sea birds along the north-east coast.
A common gull had to be put down after walkers spotted it struggling in an illegal trap on an Aberdeenshire hill.