Look for vile hunters SHOT a rare wedge-tailed eagle and pull the claws out of another – while Australia’s largest raptors are in danger of extinction
- Wedge-tailed eagle was found full of bullets in Tasmania’s native bay
- Authorities also found another praying bird last week with its claws chopped off.
- Those responsible face $108,000 or 12 months in prison if caught
Wildlife authorities are investigating after a wedge-tailed eagle was found littered with shotgun bullets in southern Tasmania.
The bird was discovered this week at an estate in Birchs Bay and is now being cared for by Raptor Rescue.
“I’m just trying to get it back on track. I’m not sure it will survive,” director Craig Webb told AAP.
Wedge-tailed eagles, Australia’s largest bird of prey, are considered endangered in Tasmania
The Ministry of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment says it is investigating the incident.
X-ray of a wedge-tailed eagle found this week riddled with shotgun pellets in Birch’s Bay in southern Tasmania (above)
“Killing or disturbing native wildlife is illegal in Tasmania unless a person has the relevant permit or permit,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.
“Anyone with information about suspected wildlife violations should report this to the (department) investigation and enforcement department.”
A person convicted of taking or injuring an endangered species without the relevant permit could be fined up to $ 108,000 or 12 months in prison.
Webb said his bird of prey rehabilitation service encountered a dead eagle with its talons severed in the northeastern part of the state last week.
Wedge-tailed eagles are endangered in Tasmania (recovering eagle above)
He has called for more conservation officials to ensure that those who harm or hinder the birds are caught.
“These majestic eagles call Tasmania home. We really need to respect and admire these fantastic creatures, and not cut them to pieces like they did last week,” he said.
“It’s just unacceptable.”
Raptor Refuge has offered a $ 20,000 reward to anyone with information leading to a conviction in connection with the shooting.
“You don’t accidentally shoot a bird,” Mr. Webb said.