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Time for the RSPB to learn from the Fox hunts


Sea eagles 'not taking lambs to slaughter' - Scotsman.com News

CLAIMS by crofters that sea eagles have been killing large numbers of their lambs have been called into question by new research.
Crofters in the Gairloch Peninsula in Wester Ross claimed the birds of prey were responsible for the deaths of 200 lambs last year alone.
The research, which cost almost £100,000, also involved an analysis of the nests of the four pairs of sea eagles in the area.
Some lamb carcases were discovered.
Forensic analysis of the blood patterns was used to determine whether these lambs were killed by the sea eagles or whether they were taken as carrion after they were already dead.

They are spending over £500 a lamb to try and prove that a bird found eating dead ones just happened to find it already dead you Honour, repeatedly. They introduced the bloody things and want the crofters to love them, at the pain of prosecution.
Last year a similar report made me ask Where's the RSPB's Poultry Fund?.

Lamb not on sea eagles’ menu, says RSPB - Times Online
A furious row has broken out between crofters in the remote western Highland moors and the RSPB after the conservation charity rubbished claims that sea eagles have been taking lambs.

The farmers, to the anger of conservationists, say that sea eagles have been targeting their lambs and destroying their already meagre income.

In the bad old days fox hunting gentlemen persuaded farmers not to commit vulpicide by establishing a "poultry fund" whereby non-hunting farmers were compensated for livestock taken by foxes. Obviously it was hard to verify the losses so it was normally administered by a local gentleman trusted by all, and empowered to overlook some exaggeration in the name of maintaining good relations. The RSPB could learn from this rather than calling farmers fibbers. It is after all far richer than any fox hunt ever was.

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"well, yes, we did find lamb carcasses in the nests of the White-tailed sea eagle, but we won't say how many"
Having watched turkey-vultures predate on newborn lambs, I find the study a bit laughable -- yes, they tagged a bunch of lambs and none of the tagged ones were taken. But all of the tagged ones were older than the lambs you would expect to be taken, so what does that prove?

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