Tasmanian wildlife rescuers search for Wedge-tailed eagle killer

The wedge-tailed eagle that was found with gunshot wounds in the state's south last week. Picture: Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania.

The wedge-tailed eagle that was found with gunshot wounds in the state's south last week. Picture: Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania.

Tasmanian wildlife rescuers are calling for help from the public to identify those responsible for the death of a Wedge-tailed eagle.

The endangered bird was found with gunshot wounds near Orford in the state’s south last week.

The eagle was taken to the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge at Kettering, but did not survive.

The refuge’s founder, Craig Webb, described the incident as “shocking, disgusting and immoral”.

An x-ray of the eagle's wounds.

An x-ray of the eagle's wounds.

Mr Webb put forward a $2000 reward for information, which prompted a private supporter of the refuge to stump up an additional $10,000.

The incident is now being investigated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

It is not the first time a wedge-tailed eagle has been shot in Tasmania.

Just last year, an eagle was shot dead at Priory on the East Coast.

“It’s happening all the time,” Mr Webb said. “We need to raise awareness and change the mindset of these people – it’s criminal.”

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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The Examiner