Tuesday 23 January 2018

Poison believed to have killed another white-tailed eagle

Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

ANOTHER white-tailed sea eagle reintroduced to Ireland has been found dead of suspected poisoning.

Toxicology results are still awaited on the bird of prey, which was found in the Sneem area of Co Kerry a number of weeks ago.

Dr Allan Mee, white-tailed eagle project manager, said the death was disappointing.

"The time of year does raise the suspicion of poisoning. Most casualties occur at this time of year because of the lambing season," Dr Mee said.

Legislation introduced last October made it illegal to lay poisoned meat bait on land, a practice that was commonly used by farmers to kill foxes during the lambing season, because it was believed that this was leading to the poisoning of birds of prey.

A total of 16 white-tailed eagles have been found dead in Ireland since the ban -- nine from confirmed poisoning.

Irish Independent

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