White-tailed eagle - one of Ireland’s most endangered species - found dead by poisoning
Published 17/04/2015 | 14:25
A White-tailed eagle, one of Ireland’s most endangered species, has been found dead by poisoning in Connemara.
The tragic discovery happened on April 1, where a conservation ranger found the six-year-old female bird in her nest, just days away from laying eggs.
The poisoning was condemned by the Golden Eagle Trust, an organisation fighting to keep the species alive.
It described the event as “a serious blow” to a reintroduction project, which saw many of its kind being released into the wild.
Dr Allan Mee, who is project manager for the reintroduction project of White-tailed eagles, said that the Trust had been “trying its best to raise awareness about laying poison”.
“Under the new legislation, we still have not had one prosecution”, he told the Irish Independent.
The use of poisons to control foxes and crows has been banned since 2010.
“While we have had a lot of effort raising awareness in Kerry, we haven’t had that influence elsewhere, like in Connemara where this bird died”, he said.
The female eagle settled in the Roundstone area of Connemara in 2012 where she paired up with a male.
Her first mating process failed to produce any eggs, but breeders were hopeful that she would give birth to a new generation of her kind this month.
This is the 13th confirmed poisoning of a White-tailed Eagle in Ireland since the reintroduction project began in 2007.