Sunday 17 December 2017

Death of rare white-tailed eagle in Ireland sparks police investigation

Credit: Facebook/PSNI Fermanagh
Credit: Facebook/PSNI Fermanagh

An investigation has been launched following the discovery of the remains of a rare bird in Fermanagh over the weekend.

The male white-tailed eagle, Ingar, was almost four years old and had spent most of the last year on Upper & Lower Lough Erne.

Credit: Facebook/PSNI Fermanagh
Credit: Facebook/PSNI Fermanagh

He was released in Killarney National Park as part of the reintroduction programme for the protected species managed by the Golden Eagle Trust.

A landowner in the Newbridge Road area of Lisnaskea contacted authorities when Ingar's remains were located.

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“Many people may not be aware that these birds are present in Fermanagh and that they are a protected species," said Constable Marice Blair of the PSNI.

"We are working to establish the circumstances. If you can help please call the 101 number, quoting reference 6467215. Alternatively information can be passed via the independent Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.”

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