Endangered imperial eagle shot down in Ankara
Ringed with an electronic tracking system by a Bulgarian team, the bird was found in Ankara’s Temeller area by expert biologist Cansu Özcan and the Dev Documentary team researching imperial eagles in Anatolia.
“During our examination, a large number of pellets were found in many parts of the bird’s body, such as her wing, chest, abdominal cavity,” Özcan said, noting that imperial eagles are endangered species on a global scale.
The population of imperial eagles in Turkey is between 100-150 pairs, according to the expert.
Stressing that imperial eagles and all other predatory bird species are actually farmer-friendly, Özcan said that this creature feeds on rodent species such as snakes and mice.
“However, the population of rodent species is increasing as they shoot these birds,” she noted.