Two more white-tailed sea eagles, introduced to the Killarney National Park from Norway as part of the raptor reintroduction programme over the past five years, have been found dead.
Twenty six of the original 100 birds have now been recovered dead, 12 of them poisoned.
Poisoning has been confirmed in the case of a female bird found on the sea shore near Glengarriff, Co Cork on January 18th. She had been introduced in 2010.
A second bird has now been found at Derrynane, on the Ring of Kerry, and the carcass is being analysed to determine cause of death.
Test results from the State Laboratory in Celbridge confirmed the Glengarriff bird had been poisoned, presumably as a result of eating carrion.
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