Rare eagles diving toward extinction
Birds Tasmania chairman Eric Woehler said two wedge-tailed eagles had been killed at the Woolnorth wind farm in the state's north-west in the past two weeks.
May 14, 2006
by Simon Bevilacqua
in Sunday Tasmanian
WEDGE-TAILED eagles are in serious trouble in Tasmania, says a wildlife refuge operator who specialises in raptors.
Craig Webb, operator of the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania, said the species was looking down the barrel at extinction.
There are only about 100 breeding pairs of the Tasmanian sub-species, which is the largest eagle in the nation, left in the wild.
"They're in real trouble," Mr Webb said.
"They can't sustain the current rate of mortality."
He said a wedge-tailed eagle had been hit by a car while feeding on roadkill at Nubeena last week.... [continue via Web link]