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    Default The Irish Eagle poisoning season has arrived

    Eagle plans threatened by poisonings - The Irish Times - Tue, Mar 02, 2010

    Sad but inevitable given that it appears a small number of sheep farmers in the West of Ireland(despite being heavily subsidized by Irish and EU taxpayers via REPS and other farm payments) have apparently decided through ignorance/carelessness to go about wiping out some of our most magnificent and enigmatic wildlife from our skies. All the more tragic in that this was the first Irish born Eagle for nearly 100 years and was attracting alot of attention with visitors coming to catch a glimpse of Conall in the beautifull setting of the Ben Bulbens. Reading the article it really is amazing how how this kind of thing is still allowed in a so-called modern Western country with a Green Party in government

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    Totally agree, instead of getting worked up about stag hunting, the Greens should be worrying about this appalling slaughter of these beautiful birds. Shameful stuff

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    Is this poison used on the sheep for something else, and eagles can die if they get in contact with it, or is it actually put on to kill eagles? If so its pretty sick.

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    the poisioned bait would have been intended for foxes,its lambing season the bird was collateral damage ,these things happen

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    That is so sad We have huge opportunities in this country to develop a major outdoor tourism industry like Scotland and parts of Wales have managed, but a small (tiny) group of people are being allowed to block it. It was the same with hillwalking where the potential industry was destroyed by a few malcontents, I hope it isn't the same with these animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley View Post
    the poisioned bait would have been intended for foxes,its lambing season the bird was collateral damage ,these things happen
    As the farmers are heavily subsibised and re-imbursed for losses, killing the Eagle is inexcusable.

    Its a great loss for the tourist industry.

    That one bird flying high in the sky could have dragged in hundreds of thousand Euro.

    Just look at what Fungi did for Dingle.

    A real pity, but a true reflection of the Ireland of today.

    Worried about a few lambs costing a couple of thousand and killing of a whole industry employing hundreds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charley View Post
    the poisioned bait would have been intended for foxes,its lambing season the bird was collateral damage ,these things happen
    Not good enough - this indiscriminate use of these uncovered poison bait have been banned in nearly all European countries for the very fact that it kills huge numbers of non-target species. There is plenty of other safer ways to protect flocks which in any case if properly looked after should not be giving birth on remote mountainsides in wintry weather which is by far the leading cause of lamb losses.

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    Just watching it on the news now. Awfully depressing.



    What a beautiful creature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heorditas View Post
    Just watching it on the news now. Awfully depressing.



    What a beautiful creature.
    Yep - given the rate of this type of carnage over the last 5 years it appears that neither the Gold Eagle project in Donegal or the Sea-Eagle project in Kerry have much chance of success in Ireland at the start of the 21st century - obviously the authorities have decided we don't need the revenue from Ecotourism that these magnificent birds bring in as is the case in Scotland were fishermen now make more money bringing tourists to see the sea-eagles hunting and nesting then they do from fishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blessed View Post
    these eagles were introduced unnaturally so this is no surpise to me
    - eagles were returned to places like Western Scotland over the last 3 decades and are now well established and thriving

    The Golden Eagle is a native species that was wiped out by human ignorance in the early 20th century - sad that we obviously haven't progressed since then

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