Mutilated eagles found on Gabriola Island beach

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One bird was shot, stuffed into plastic bag and discovered with talons cut off and feathers missing
 
Tamara Cunningham
Daily News

A mutilated eagle was found shot and stuffed in a plastic bag on Gabriola Island's Spring Beach in March. A second eagle was found nearby this May with its talons missing.
CREDIT: Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society photo
A mutilated eagle was found shot and stuffed in a plastic bag on Gabriola Island's Spring Beach in March. A second eagle was found nearby this May with its talons missing.

Two mutilated eagle carcasses have been found on Gabriola Island shores this spring, raising concern of illegal eagle-parts trafficking.

Pedestrians found an eagle on Spring Beach in March that had been shot and stuffed into a plastic bag. Its talons had been cut off and its feathers gone, according to a volunteer with the Gabriola Rescue of Wildlife Society.

A second eagle carcass was found a week ago near Drumbeg Beach, with its talons severed. Both carcasses appeared to have washed up on the beach.

Donna Thorvaldson, a volunteer with the wildlife society, says the discoveries are disconcerting, although wildlife workers are still unsure of what the finds mean. Questions remain about where the carcasses came from and whether they are a result of eagle poaching and black market sales, an issue highlighted in 2006, when 11 men from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley were charged during a high-profile eagle-parts trafficking case.

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