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Post by maertha » November 18th, 2013, 9:50 pm

79.PAW Forensics Working Group website/TRACEWildlife Forensics Network

Tools and Resources for Applied Conservation and Enforcement
"TRACE was established in 2006 as non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of forensic science in wildlife conservation and law enforcement."

TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network
Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
Edinburgh EH12 6TS
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 (0)131 3140317
Mob: +44 (0)7746 421499
Fax: +44 (0)131 3140376

http://www.tracenetwork.org/about-trace-network/

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Post by maertha » November 18th, 2013, 9:51 pm

80.Wildlife Crime: A guide to the use of forensic and specialist techniques in the investigation of wildlife crime

Book (98 pages) complete available

© Crown copyright 2005
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
Telephone 020 7238 6000

Website: http://www.defra.gov.uk
PDF download: http://www.nwcu.police.uk/the-forensic- ... -fund-faf/

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Post by maertha » November 19th, 2013, 6:57 pm

81.Monitoring West Nile virus (WNV) infection in wild birds in Serbia during 2012: first isolation and characterisation of WNV strains from Serbia. October 2013

Petrović T, Blázquez AB, Lupulović D, Lazić G, Escribano-Romero E, Fabijan D, Kapetanov M, Lazić S, Saiz JC
Publisher: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Stockholm, Sweden
Source: Eurosurveillance, Volume 18, Issue 44, 31 October 2013

Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArt ... leId=20622

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Post by maertha » November 27th, 2013, 6:12 pm

82.White-tailed Eagle recovers. Finland, November 2013

The bird was seriously injured and emaciated when it was found in mid-November. It is a female, ringed in 2008. Probably the eagle will be released next spring.

Source: yle.fi, 27 November 2013. By Vihtori Koskinen
http://yle.fi/uutiset/possunsydameen_pi ... an/6954737

Why do people hate predatory animals? Discussion about predator shooting. Finland, November 2013
Source: yle.fi, 27 November 2013. By Hanna Lumme http://yle.fi/uutiset/mista_petoviha_kumpuaa/6955900

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Post by maertha » January 29th, 2014, 5:38 pm

83.Poachers killed White-tailed Eagle in Bulgaria. January 2014

A juvenile White-tailed Eagle, another victim of poachers, was received for rehabilitation at Green Balkans' Wildlife Rescue Center (edit: last week). The bird was found in the region of Sakar, near the village of Levka, where Green Balkans – Stara Zagora NGO has been implementing activities within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project. For the past two months, this was the seventh shot bird received at the Rescue Center. The striking fact here is that such cases become increasingly frequent with the latest ones being recorded every other day.

Unfortunately, this winter the trend of increasing numbers of shot birds received at the Rescue Center continues. As in previous years, these patients come from all over the country – Svishtov, Bankya, Plovdiv, Madzharovo, Stara Zagora, Svilengrad ... Although Common Buzzards are the most common victims of poachers, this year species such as Northern Goshawk, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, and White-tailed Eagle are also on the “black list”…

Green Balkans’ team is aware of the fact that only few of the poachers’ victims are lucky enough to be found in time and transported to the Rescue Center for their last chance. Every year, much more birds, hundreds of them actually, fall victims to poaching activities and die out there in the wild … There is no need to comment poachers’ psychological condition, moral, and values …

And the juvenile White-tailed Eagle, another victim of insolent encroachment upon nature, could not recover from its wounds and died …

Many thanks to Hristina Klisurova for allowing this article to be published at the Haliaeetus albicilla Collection, Looduskalender

For further information, please contact:
Hristina Klisurova - Veterinary
Wildlife Rescue Center “Green Balkans”
Tel.: +359 886 570 053
E-mail: hhristova@greenbalkans.org
Wildlife Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre – Green Balkans in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria http://www.greenbalkans-wrbc.org/

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Post by maertha » January 31st, 2014, 8:44 pm

84.UK investigation leads to conviction of three Swedish egg collectors. January 2014

“The RSPB hopes this will send out a strong message to egg collectors at home and abroad.”

Sources: RSPB, 31 January 2014 http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/361826-uk-i ... paign=News
Allehanda.de, 31 January 2014 http://allehanda.se/start/1.6785244-ett ... gplundring

See also doc. 59 and 62

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Post by maertha » February 1st, 2014, 10:01 am

85.Another case of a White-tailed Eagle poisoning with carbofuran in the Czech Republic confirmed. February 2014

The eagle was found mid-January near the village of Klášter, about 30 kilometres south of Plzeň in western Bohemia.

Sources: Novinkky.cz, 31 January 2014 http://www.novinky.cz/krimi/326270-vzac ... ranem.html and Karbofuran.cz

According to the project Karbofuran.cz which fights against such poisonings, a second investigation is on the way. This bird was found on 25th January (Strakonice district). Up to ten White-tailed Eagles and hundreds of other birds and animals are killed this way in the CR every year. Karbofuran.cz is operated by Czech Society for Ornithology as a part of the Free Wings programme.
Read more: http://www.karbofuran.cz/

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Post by maertha » February 4th, 2014, 10:10 pm

86.White-tailed Eagle egg thief goes to prison. Norway, January 2014

Two men were involved in the case - the court sentenced one of them to 45 days in prison and both to fines of NOK 1000 and 2000.

Source: fvn.no, 30 January 2014. By Hallgeir Oftedal
http://www.fvn.no/lokalt/mandal/Stjal-e ... 46346.html

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Post by maertha » February 6th, 2014, 6:39 pm

87.Four men accused of illegal bird trading. Belgium, February 2014

Rare raptor species, sold as captive breeds, have actually been stolen from nests in the wild. According to the article, the main defender, a breeder, pleaded not guilty and referred to the thriving business as “hobby that got out of hand”. Read more: http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20140203_00962128

Source: De Standaard, 4 February 2014. By Tom Ysebaert

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Post by maertha » February 14th, 2014, 12:16 am

88.Hunting hypocrisy? Princes accused over wildlife initiative. UK, February 2014

Source: Channel 4 News, 13 February 2014 http://www.channel4.com/news/hunting-hy ... initiative

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Post by maertha » February 14th, 2014, 6:33 pm

89.White-tailed Eagle found dead near Hoštice u Volyně in January was poisoned. Czech Republic, February 2014

An analysis showed that the bird, born and ringed five years ago in the Trebon Region (Třeboňsko), had been poisoned with carbofuran.
Another dead bird was found not far away near the town Spálené Poříčí (Plzeň jih district).

Sources: idnes.cz, Martina Vyroubalová and ceskenoviny.cz, ČTK, 14 February 2014
http://budejovice.idnes.cz/otraveny-ore ... zpravy_mav http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/domov/krimi/z ... em/1043321

Additional information:
At least two, probably three or more White-tailed Eagles were killed with carbofuran in the Czech Republic in January 2014.

The pesticide is banned since 2008 in the EU but still often illegally used. Two examples: In the UK carbofuran “is currently the toxic substance most used by bird poisoners. From 2002 to 2011, there were 633 confirmed bird-poisoning incidents in the UK, of which 316 cases—50%—involved carbofuran” (source: House of Commons/Environmental Audit Committee. Wildlife Crime – Third Report of Session 2012-2013). According to the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, at least 22 White-tailed Eagles were killed with poisoned baits in the alpine country between 1988 and 2008 (source: Öffentliche Sicherheit - Das Magazin des Innenministeriums, Nr. 07-08/2008). Further reading:

In English
  • • Website: Karbofuran.cz is operated by the Czech Society for Ornithology as a part of the Free Wings programme.
    The project collects information about all cases in the CR. http://www.karbofuran.cz/fakta.php?m
    • Book: Carbofuran and Wildlife Poisoning - Global Perspectives and Forensic Approaches
    Ngaio Richards (Editor) ISBN: 978-0-470-74523-6, 304 pages, November 2011. Description and table of contents: http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle ... 45231.html
In German
  • • Guideline: Poisoned wild animals and pets. How to handle such cases. Useful hints to investigate poisonings
    Giftfälle bei Wild- und Haustieren. Ein Leitfaden für den Umgang mit Giftfällen und nützliche Hinweise für deren Aufklärung

    Source: Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Austria, 2009 pdf here: http://www.wwf.at/downloads/cms_uploade ... n_2009.pdf

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Post by maertha » February 21st, 2014, 9:48 pm

90.At least 16 animals killed in mass poisoning. Serbia, February 2014

Three adult White-tailed Eagles and one immature bird were found dead in the municipality of Apatin, along with three buzzards, seven magpies and two jackals.

Source: RTV, 21 February 2014 http://www.rtv.rs/sr_ci/vojvodina/sombo ... 463929.htm
BROKEN LINK 4-2014

Tanjug.rs 21 February 2014 http://www.tanjug.rs/fotodet.aspx?galID=119504
European Wilderness Society http://wilderness-society.org/wildlife- ... ng-serbia/

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Post by maertha » February 25th, 2014, 6:35 pm

91.Transmitter-fitted White-tailed Eagle killed by lead poisoning. Germany, February 2014

The female bird, named "Bruni" by scientists, was at least nine years old and has survived a lead poisoning already in 2011. She could be rescued, got a transmitter and was released “into the wild”. The bird died one day after she was found weak and emaciated on 13 February. According to the NABU, she was the fourth WtE who was killed by a poisoning caused by the use of lead ammunition this winter.

Source: Naturschutzbund Deutschland e.V. NABU/press release 25 February 2014 http://www.pressrelations.de/new/standa ... n&r=558081
More about this eagle (Nabu, March 2011) http://berlin.nabu.de/nabuaktiv/fachgru ... 13556.html

A brief explanation about lead poisoing in White-tailed Eagles by Dr. Madis Leivist (Estonian Fund for Nature), can be found here. http://www.metsloom.ee/en/uudised-rus/1 ... -ohvriks-2

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Post by maertha » February 25th, 2014, 8:27 pm

92.Outstanding gift idea. Poland, February 2014

A German smuggler was caught with an taxidermied White-tailed Eagle in his van at the Polish/Ukrainian border.
The man claimed the protected bird was a gift for his wife.

Source: Gazeta.pl Rzeszów, 25 February 2014 http://rzeszow.gazeta.pl/rzeszow/1,3496 ... anicy.html

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Post by maertha » March 6th, 2014, 6:51 pm

93.Again poison alert in Lower Austria. February 2014

WWF Austria reports the discovery of poisoned baits near Vienna during the last weeks.
According to the article, four White-tailed Eagles and 17 other animals were killed by carbofuran poisoning in Eastern Austria in 2013/2013.

Source: Krone.at, 25 February 2014 http://www.krone.at/Tierecke/Wien_und_U ... ory-394897

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Post by maertha » March 6th, 2014, 6:54 pm

94.One of the first two Irish-bred eagles has been shot only seven months after leaving the nest. 5 March 2014
Sundayworld
“The impact of the blast broke one of its legs and wings but the bird survived for some weeks after before dying.”
Irishmirror
“Reintroduction project manager, Dr Allan Mee, said it was ‘heart-breaking’."
BBC News

“Anyone with information on this crime should contact, in confidence, An Garda Siochána at 067-50450 or the National Parks and Wildlife Service at 076-1002501.” Read more about the Irish WtE reintroduction project and the death of the young bird on the website of the Golden Eagle Trust.

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Post by maertha » March 8th, 2014, 6:53 pm

95.Shot White-tailed Eagle in Ireland - two comments. March 2014

Pat Flanagan, senior news reporter with the Irish Daily Mirror http://www.irishmirror.ie/authors/pat-flanagan/
Alan Stewart, officer with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit http://wildlifedetective.wordpress.com/ ... -thoughts/

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Post by maertha » March 8th, 2014, 6:53 pm

96.Recovering shotgun victim returns to the skies. Finland, March 2014

Source: Yle, 7 March 2014 http://yle.fi/uutiset/video_recovering_ ... es/7124381
See also doc. 82.

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Post by maertha » March 12th, 2014, 8:11 pm

97.White-tailed Eagle found dead in Southern Bohemia. Czech Republic, March 2014

According to the spokeswomen of the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, Simona Cigánková, the bird was probably shot.
The body was found near a nest where an eagle pair raised young since eight years.

Source: ČeskéNoviny.cz, 12 March 2014. By ČTK http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/domov/krimi/z ... ky/1054064
Video/update by ČT24, 13 March 2014 http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ct24/region ... -morskeho/

See also doc. 89.

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Post by maertha » April 3rd, 2014, 7:46 pm

98.Mass killing of White-tailed Eagles. Serbia, April 2014

At least ten White-tailed Eagles died from carbofuran poisoning in the muncipality of Apatin since February.
Source: Telegraf.rs/Tanjug, 2 April 2014 http://ljubimci.telegraf.rs/pet-hronika ... jenje-foto

See also doc. 90

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