Poisoned Bonelli’s eagle in Cyprus

Poisoned Bonelli’s eagle in Cyprus

Today, in Cyprus, took place one of the most unpleasant cases of poisoning: an adult Bonelli’s eagle, an endangered species in Greece and Cyprus, was found poisoned in the Lower Tower of Tillyria.

The Research team of the Game & Fauna Service Cyprus found sparsely in the area more than 50 poisoned baits (pieces of fresh meat and insides impregnated with a hitherto-unknown toxic substance).

The incident is being investigated by the competent services, while the baits will be sent to the State Chemist Laboratory for the necessary toxicological analyzes. We hope that the preliminary investigation will identify the responsible criminal and find the exemplary punishment he deserves!

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It is noted that Bonelli’s eagle are monogamous bird species. At this time the females are in their nests laying the eggs and waiting for their mate to bring them food. The loss of this adult Bonelli’s eagle is equivalent to the loss of the couple and their offspring at least for this year, possibly for much longer.
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The LIFE Bonelli eastMed project “Conservation & Management of the Bonelli's eagle population in east Mediterranean” will address the most critical threats to Bonelli’s eagle populations in Greece and Cyprus. The overall objective is to ensure the long-term favourable conservation status for the species’ interconnected local populations, through the establishment and operation of the East Mediterranean Bonelli’s Eagle Network.

The project is implemented by the Natural Museum of Crete - University of Crete, the Game and Fauna Service (Game Fund) - Cyprus, the Hellenic Ornithological Society/BirdLife Greece, the Ministry of Environment & Energy - Greece, the Department of Forests - Cyprus and the NCC Environmental Studies Ltd with the financial contribution of the LIFE instrument of the EE.

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