One of two Irish-bred white-tailed sea eagles, hatched last year for the first time in over 100 years, has been shot and killed.
The nine-month old bird was found in a remote part of Tipperary with 40-50 shot gun pellets in its body.
A post mortem revealed that the pellets had broken one of the bird’s legs and wing but the bird had survived for several weeks before succumbing to its injuries.
What an absolutely tragic and shocking outcome, highlighting once again that the disgraceful illegal persecution of raptors continues unabated in these isles.
See here for the report in the Irish Times to read the response of the Minister and the Irish White-tailed Eagle Reintroduction team.
We’re absolutely gutted for them.
The photograph shows Project Manager Allan Mee with one of the first sea eagle chicks donated to the project by Norway in 2007.
Golden Eagle Trust press release here
Independent Ireland article here
BBC news article here
RTE News & audio here