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Protected eagle species shot down

The shooting down of an imperial eagle in Burgenland whose species is rarely seen in Austria has angered bird conservationists in the state.

The killing comes just three years after the first breeding pair of these eagles was spotted in Austria after 200 years.

Imperial eagles are a globally threatened bird species and since 2009 a project has undertaken the task of counting the number in Austria and attached collars to birds for identification. The project is funded by the State of North-East Rahme and is an the EU project within the European Territorial Cooperation Programme (ETC).

The bird that has been shot done was a juvenile that had been released in the area along with four other to help conserve the species in the region.

Police have confirmed that incident took place and they are investigating but have not released any further information. It is thought that the hunter who killed the protected bird wanted to make it into a hunting trophy, although the shooter said he had been targeting a magpie when he shot the protected eagle.

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