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One of only two Irish-bred white-tailed eagles shot and killed

Eoin Burke-Kennedy - Irish Times Newspaper 5.3.14

Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 16:25 Updated: Wed, Mar 5, 2014, 17:53 Eoin Burke-Kennedy

Minister decribes shooting as shocking crime as gardaí and NPWS investigate. The incident represents a serious blow to the country’s eagle reintroduction programme which has already been blighted by a series of poisoning incidents

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Hen Harrier blog-star “Heather” shot dead in Co. Kerry

Calvin Jones - Ireland's Wildlife 2.2.15

A young hen harrierhas beenfound shot dead near Waterville in Co. Kerry.The satellite tagged bird-of-prey, a young female dubbed “Heather” by local schoolchildren, was part of a joint project by regional developmentorganisation IRD Duhallow and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). Heatherbecame an online star via the Hen Harrier Ireland Blog, with thousands of people in Ireland and around the world trackingherprogresson the web.

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IN THE LINE OF FIRE – Help end wildlife persecution

Mike Rendle - Golden Eagle Trust Magazine Winter 2015: p32 - 33

Closer to home, wildlife may not be considered as exotic,or attract the same degree of publicity, but wildlife crime inIreland is a very real threat to some of our rarest and mosticonic native birds and animals. Yet many folk remainunaware of the extent to which our wildlife is persecutedand plundered on this small island of ours. This is evidence,surely, if it were needed, that familiarity breeds contempt.

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Wildlife crime in Ireland

Mike Rendle - Native Woodland Trust Magazine Autumn 2017

Wildlife crime is a globalphenomenon. Almostdaily we hear reports oftigers, rhinos, elephantsand many other animalsbeing hunted to extinction to feedthe international black market inanimals and animal parts.Politicians and celebrities offertheir patronage to conservationcampaigns and engage with foreigngovernments to protect endangeredspecies and stamp out illegal trade.

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Investigation ongoing into killing of Peregrine Falcons

Green News 10.8.18 Peregrine Falcons Louth

August 10th, 2018

An investigation is underway in relation to the unlawful killing of two peregrine falcons in Co Louth.The two adult falcons were found dead by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) staff in the remote Cooley Mountains where they were nesting.Three eggs were found in the nest, leading the NPWS to conclude that the falcons were killed while protecting their young and the nest.In order to carry out a successful prosecution, forensic and other evidence gathering technologies will be employed.The Gardaí are also appealing to the public for any informationabout the incident. Anyone with any information about the incident can contact An Garda Síochána in Dundalk at 042-938 8400.

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‘Wildlife criminals’ targeted in new plan

Garda to introduce trainingcourse in effort to tackle gangs of poachers

Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 06:00 Eoghan MacConnell

‘Wildlife criminals’ targeted in new planGarda to introduce trainingcourse in effort to tackle gangs of poachers Fri, Aug 10, 2018, 06:00 Eoghan MacConnell Once they have killed and gutted a deer, poachers mark the location with GPS for later collection. File photograph: Getty ImagesWildlife criminals, including deer poachers and gangs capturing wild birds for sale abroad, “are pillaging the countryside”, according to the senior garda who led a successful operation against deer poachers in Leinsterfive years ago.

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Ireland’s battle to save our wildlife

Amy Lewis, Sept 3, 2018, Irish Examiner Newspaper, Ireland

The ongoing persecution of wildlife overseas is often highlighted but such incidences aren‟t as far away from home as one might imagine. In fact, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Gardaí face them each week.

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Wildlife Crime – Poisoning of Birds of Prey

Seán David Byrne, June 20, 2020, Blog, Ireland

The confirmation in May this year that the deaths of 23 buzzards in Co. Cork, December 2019, were the result of deliberate poisoning generated much publicity and outrage both locally and nationally. It is the largest known fatal mass poisoning of birds of prey since legislation was amended to better protect these animals in 2010. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) who published the toxicology reports at the start of May this year show that the poison used was the banned pesticide Carbofuran. Thevery same poison used to kill the Hen Harrier ‘Mary’ in Meath that same year.

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