05
Mar
14

First Irish-bred sea eagle shot & killed

sea_eagle1One 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.

Further coverage

Golden Eagle Trust press release here

Independent Ireland article here

BBC news article here

RTE News & audio here

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8 Responses to “First Irish-bred sea eagle shot & killed”


  1. 1 Fay M
    March 5, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    lets hope they keep the project going.

  2. March 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    A lingering death would also be fair justice for the mindless moron who shot this bird

  3. 3 Dave Dick
    March 5, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Shot at close range to have that many pellets in it…probably feeding on a dead ewe…disgusting.

  4. 4 Karen Oliver-Paull
    March 6, 2014 at 12:33 am

    This saddens me that these lovely birds are killed out of hand.

  5. 5 Doug
    March 6, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Savages at work.

  6. 6 Dave
    March 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Love to say I’m surprised, but I’m not.

  7. March 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    We agree Dave, shot at close range and possible it was feeding on a bait deliberately set out for it with somebody hiding in wait. The agony that bird must have gone through. If they catch the filth which did this we must all get together and set up a petition to urge for a custodial sentence. Clearly all other deterrents thus far has done nothing to stop these criminals slaughtering raptors. Wish we could assist and put up a reward for information leading to an official charge. Hopefully we will be able to within the foreseeable future.


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