Polish Golden Eagle poisonings-rescued male released back into the wild this week.

On the 16 March we published details of a second breeding pair of Golden Eagles which had been found poisoned during the last 4 years in the  Magura National Park Poland. Sadly the female eagle from the second pair could not be saved and died. The full story can be followed here.

Poisoned Polish Golden Eagle

One of 4 Polish Golden Eagles found poisoned in just 4 years

 

Golden-Eagle

The male golden eagle saved from death after being  successfully treated for poisoning. The male’s lifelong partner sadly died.

Veterinarian Mr. Fedaczynski  has now confirmed the adult male Golden Eagle found poisoned earlier this year in the Magura National Park Poland has been returned into the wild after being treated successfully after ingesting poisoned bait placed on a dead animal to kill foxes.

Unfortunately the incidental Poisoning of birds of prey is becoming much more frequent in Poland when raptors eat carcasses of animals that have been poisoned. This is what happened in the case of a pair of golden eagles, found in March in the region of Osieka Jaslo.

Everyone connected with this particular case was very distressed when the Female did not survive, because the adult male which did survive has now lost his lifelong partner. Before being released the male eagle was fitted with a satellite transmitter.

Two weeks following the eagle’s release, he was tracked several times crossing the border into Slovakia. The longest trip the eagle made was recorded on 28 April when he flew a total of 197 km crossing into Ukraine. What was interesting after each long escapade he always returned back to the Magura National Park to the same location where he had been probably been nesting.

Once again on 1st May the eagle returned back to the border of Ukraine flying 148 km. The biggest surprise was the fact that the bird often leaves the mountains venturing into an agricultural landscape where his mate had been poisoned. This behaviour of course increases the risk of the male eagle being poisoned for a second time. Despite the risks Polish scientists remain optimistic that a similar event in the future will not happen again. They hope the eagle will quickly select a second mate.

The current status of golden eagles throughout Poland is regarded as critical. The population is estimated to be only 30 breeding pairs. The range of their occurrence is limited to fragments of the Polish Carpathians. In this region nesting locations preferred by the Golden Eagle is mature stands of fir or beech, in nearby open areas. In the higher mountains a small number of breeding pairs are known to nest on cliffs. With such a low population Golden Eagles are particularly vulnerable to extinction in Poland; loosing eagles to poisoning certainly does little to assist the situation increase.

 

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