Anybody with any information concerning the shooting dead of a white-tailed eagle near Lough Derg has been asked to contact Nenagh Gardai.
The male bird was found in the Ballingarry / Terryglass area at the north eastern end of the lake with as many as 60 shotgun pellets in its body. The bird had a broken wing and leg.
It is believed the bird may have lived for some time after being shot and would have been able to fly. However it would have been in dreadful pain.
While its body was recovered on the north eastern shore of the lake, its last sighting was near Dromineer, half-way down the lake on the eastern shore.
The bird was one of two hatched near Mountshannon, County Clare, and left its nest with its sibling last July, the first time in 100 years that a white-tailed eagle had hatched and fledged in Ireland.
The shooting has been described by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, as a “shocking crime”.
The killing represents a serious blow to the eagle reintroduction programme in Ireland, a programme already tainted by eagle poisonings in various parts of the country.
Nenagh Gardai can be contacted at 067-30333.