One of two Irish-bred white-tailed sea eagles, hatched last year for the first time in over 100 years, has been shot and killed.
The seven-month old bird was found in a remote part of Tipperary with 40-50 shot gun pellets in its body.
A post mortem revealed that the pellets had broken one of the bird’s legs and wing but the bird had survived for several weeks before succumbing to its injuries.
The bird was one of two young, reared by a mating pair at a nest on Lough Derg in County Clare.
It was part of a project aimed at re-introducing the species to Ireland.
Sources: Raptor Persecution Scotland, BBC News