50 Buzzards found dead in Southern Germany, 31 poisoned.

Southern Germany: About 50 Buzzards (Buteo buteo) found dead in January 2011

About 50 Buzzards, most of them winter visitors from Northern and Eastern Europe, were found dead in the region between Iffezheim and Rauenberg in the state of Baden-Württemberg in January. 

At least 33 raptors had been poisoned with the pesticide Carbofuran and the anaesthetic Penthobarbital. “It´s the worst case of raptor poisoning recorded in the last decades in Germany”, said the regional NABU Chairman Dr. Andre Baumann. The real number of poisoned raptors is unknown as not all birds will be found.

Case 1: 28 Buzzards poisoned with Carbofuran at Rheinstetten

Rheinstetten is a City in Southern Germany, state of Baden-Württemberg. According to NABU Baden-Württemberg, test results have confirmed that all buzzards had been poisoned by the banned pesticide Carbofuran. Offal from wild boar and roe deer laid near the place where the birds were found between January 11th and 13th 2011. The birds are known to have died instantly after ingesting poisoned baits.


Case 2: 5 Buzzards poisoned with Penthobarbital near Iffezheim

The village of Iffezheim is located about 20 kilometres south-west of Rheinstetten (state of Baden-Württemberg, Southern Germany). These raptors were found on January, 26th 2011. The carcasse of a cat, laced with the anaesthetic Penthobarbital, was used as bait in this case. Somebody cut off the ears of the cat, probably to avoid that the pet can be identified by tattoos.


 Case 3: About 20 Buzzards found dead near Rauenberg

Rauenberg is a also a city in the state of Baden-Württemberg, about 50 kilometres north-east of Rheinstetten. The decomposed remains of about 20 buzzards were found on January, 29th. Test results are not yet available, but according to Stuttgarter Zeitung, the police believes that there is a link to the similar cases at Rheinstetten and Iffezheim.


1 comment to 50 Buzzards found dead in Southern Germany, 31 poisoned.

  • This sucks. I’ve already read about most cases.
    In northern Germany, at least 4 White-tailed Eagles were poisoned.

    It is really sad that this stuff still happens. People here in Germany often think that raptor poisoning is just a problem in Scotland or Spain, but it is much more common here than most people would believe.