White-Tailed Sea Eagle Shot in Tipperary

You might remember this post from last year about the nesting eagles in Mountshannon Bay.

They had two chicks, which was a huge  breakthrough in the reintroduction of this magnificent creature after we wiped out the last of them in 1898.  At that time, 100 White-tailed eagle chicks had been brought in from Norway, but 21 of them had been found dead and at least nine of those deaths were caused by poisoning.

Guess what?  Some inbred knucklehead in Tipperary has shot one of the young birds.

Now, this is not something that can happen by accident.  This is a huge animal with a wingspan of 8 feet.  If you saw one of these things in flight, you’d be in no doubt what it was.

Which means that some cretin, some imbecile, took aim and fired, knowing full well that he was killing  a magnificent bird of prey.

Sometimes, the sheer stupidity of people can leave us speechless, but in this case, the stupidity is compounded by malevolence.

The law provides for a fine of up to €63,500 on indictment and a prison sentence of up to two years.  Let’s hope they catch the half-wit who did this and stick him in jail.

white tailed eagle shot


15 thoughts on “White-Tailed Sea Eagle Shot in Tipperary

  1. You don’t get 45 to 50 shotgun pellets into a bird unless you are a good bit less than 50 metres away, so the sick fucker that did this knew exactly what he was doing. Furthmore, this excuse for a person must have been on the land where the dead eagle was found.

    Now if I were a guard, I would be putting the squeeze on the landowner big time. After all, with a broken wing and leg, the poor creature couldn’t get far.

    Obviously Michael Lowery isn’t the only gobshite in North Tipperary.

  2. Every Landowner has to provide written permission for someone to shoot on their land so it’s not an impossibility to, at least attempt to track down who may have done this, very strange mindset whoever it was.

  3. I believe the Bird was shot a while ago and starved to death so the owner of the land the bird was found on has no responsibility.

    I believe Norway are now hesitant to send any more birds over as so many have been poisoned or shot

    Very sad

  4. .As an amateur bird watcher of sorts it is painful to see this happen.Everyone is much poorer because of this.That bird may have shot many miles away,and as I understood it died of starvation and lead poisoning.The landowner where the bird was found may not be the culprit.

  5. There should at least be some investigation into this, the Landowner where the young Eagle was found should and could reveal the names of those who had permission to shoot on his land also the landowners in the nearby surrounding land should be asked to offer up the same information.

    I don’t know if the comment @5 was intended for me ? something really should be done to find who might be responsible.

    If people were actually questioned and an investigation launched and something was seen to be done just maybe we wouldn’t be such an embarrassment and seen as muck savages launching mindless attacks on such a wondrous species. Will this go down as just one of those awful things ? It’s not as if we haven’t had a shitstorm of negative publicity globally already on our mistreatment of animals.

  6. Aside from the fact that that the bird was probably incapacitated by it’s wounds, it had been fitted with a GPS tracking collar prior to fledging. It’s location at the time of the shooting should be easily discernible.

    Hopefully, the member of the public that reported this incident will provide valuable information to the authorities and a conviction (with prison sentence) will be achieved against this knuckle-dragger. An example needs to be set because over 20% of reintroduced eagles have been either poisoned or shot without any sanction.

  7. It’s a strange, tragic episode. Buckshot bullets are used by farmers with licensed guns to control vermin, so it may have been a farmer’s rifle. It was dumb of the shooter to shoot a bird of obviously unusual size.

  8. Unfortunately the two Clare chicks were not tagged, either with identity tags or GPS. The satellite tags are few and far between as they are massively expensive, but whether that chick would have got one or not is beside the point. They both fledged without tags. The culprit of this shooting will more likely be caught through local information and local condemnation.

  9. You clearly don’t live in that neck of the woods then Bock. You’d be surprised, and possibly quite heartened to know how much local gardaí know about EVERYONE in the area in these rural parishes. Everyone on my side (East Clare) of the eagle territory is disgusted, bar none (who dare open their mouths to say) as we’re all better educated about how they hunt/what they hunt/the fact that they’re no danger to livestock around these parts.

    I imagine it’s not the same level of education about them on the side of the lake where the eagle was shot, as we have had the benefit of living around these raptors for the last few years and have had visits to the schools by the Golden Eagle Trust and the kids all doing projects about them. The kids here locally named the eagle parents Caimin and Saoirse. It was one of their sons who was killed. Believe me, the locality is not at all happy and if it had happened here, we wouldn’t be long finding who did it. Local knowledge will find this person out in Tipperary, nothing else.

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