A White-Tailed Egle killed a dog? Strange news from Finland.
ame made a translation for us. Thank you A White-Tailed Sea-Eagle savaged a dog
A dog which was guarding sheep was torn by a white-tailed sea-eagle (WTE) on Tuesday in Karinranta, Siikajoki [on the coast of the northern part of the Gulf of Bothnia]. The dog had been out for about two hours when its owner Kari Kurikka went out to look for it. He says that nothing could be done to help the dog when he found it: its stomach had been completely ripped open. The commissioner for predator issues of the local Game-keeping and hunting association of Siikajokilaakso Esko Kulha visited the scene on Wednesday and says that he has never seen anything like that in his long hunter’s career. “The marks in the fresh snow were unambiguous: the attack had come from air.”
Kurikka says that the WTE has been a frequent visitor near his sheep-yard all winter, and it had tried to catch the dog already once before while the dog was sitting on their doorstep. Mrs. Kurikka happened to open the door at the same time as the WTE made an attempt on the dog and the dog was saved that time. Mr. Kurikka tells that the WTE captured several lambs during summer. He also says that the WTE is exceptionally fearless: it keeps look-out in a birch next to the sheep-yard and is not disturbed even when people drive by the tree with a snow scooter.
Esko Kulha believes that the WTE is the same individual which he saw destroying some black grouse-decoys “into smithereens” in Siikajoki-area last autumn. “This is such a bird of prey that has become exceptionally vicious. One should look after one’s dog while going out in wild terrains and on sea ice.” says Kulha.
Original source: Finnish newspaper Raahen Seutu
Published on the webpage of Raahen Seutu on Feb 9th 2012 at 14:32. last edited on Feb 10th 2012 at 8:27http://www.raahenseutu.fi/Uutiset/1194721517957/artikkeli/merikotka+raateli+koiran.htmlTranslation by forumist ameThanks also to Sanna Keskinen (editor in chief, Raahen Seutu, Raahelainen) for allowing this summary translation of the article to be published at The Haliaeetus albicilla Collection, Looduskalender