The series of illegal attacks on birds of prey around Zistersdorf (Lower Austria) has still not ended. After passers-by reported a number of dead animals in February, the results of the investigation are now in: one strictly protected Marsh Harrier and a house cat were shot, one stone marten was poisoned.
Wildlife crime is a serious issue worldwide, negatively impacting several already threatened species. The European Commission also aims to prevent and tackle wildlife crime primarily within the European Union. Many LIFE projects – such as the PannonEagle LIFE – focus on mitigating illegal killing, poisoning, trapping and trade of species.
The director of the Czech Society for Ornithology Zdeněk Vermouzek, together with the Pannon Eagle Life dog handler Klára Hlubocká and the representative of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Arnošt Cetkovský, participated in the regular training of criminal police specialists.
On December 12th, 2017 MME/Birdlife received a report from a citizen regarding an Eastern Imperial Eagle run over by a car in the Mátraalja. A ranger from the Bükk National Park collected the body of the adult eagle. The bird was a female, weighing four kilograms and having a wingspan of two metres. MME’s experts took DNA samples and transferred her to the National Animal Health Institute.