Two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway found dead.

Once again we can report the sad and disappointing news from Ireland that two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway as part of the raptor reintroduction programme over the past five years, have been found dead. Twenty six of the original 100 birds which have been reintroduced have now been recovered dead, 12 of them poisoned.

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Twenty six White-tailed eagles (25%) have now been confirmed dead from the original 100 which have so far been reintroduced

Poisoning has been confirmed in the case of a female bird found on the sea shore near Glengarriff, Co Cork on January 18th. She had been introduced in 2010.

A second bird has now been found at Derrynane, on the Ring of Kerry, and the carcass is being analysed to determine cause of death.

Test results from the State Laboratory in Celbridge confirmed the Glengarriff bird had been poisoned, presumably as a result of eating carrion.

The white-tailed eagle, golden eagle, and red kite reintroduction projects in the Republic are managed by the Golden Eagle Trust in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment.

A total of 100 white-tailed sea eagles have been released in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry as part of the release phase of the reintroduction programme. The first breeding attempt of the reintroduction programme was a pair that nested on Lough Derg, Co Clare in 2012. At least six pairs could potentially nest in 2013.

Project manager Dr Allan Mee has appealed for vigilance and protection for the birds. “As we are no longer releasing birds into the wild it is vital that we now start producing our own chicks in the wild to replace any birds that are lost and maintain the population. We are hoping that this year will be a milestone for the reintroduction project.”

A number of pairs could be expected to breed this year, he said.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, said: “The poisoning of an eagle in County Cork is very serious. Eagles are protected by law, they are majestic birds of prey, and their reintroduction to Ireland is an important and very worthwhile project. My department is providing any assistance it can to the gardaí in the investigation of this matter.”

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2 comments to Two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway found dead.

  • John Miles

    Its about time the reintroduction was put into question. With the Cumbrian one pushing ahead, poison is little used in the Solway and the Lake District so should not be a problem but the Pennines is another story. Surely this poisoning in Ireland was well known before the birds were released!

  • we saw a pair of white tailed eagles at slea head co kerry on the ninth october 2013