Wildlife crime is a serious issue worldwide, negatively impacting several already threatened species. The European Commission also aims to prevent and tackle wildlife crime primarily within the European Union. Many LIFE projects – such as the PannonEagle LIFE – focus on mitigating illegal killing, poisoning, trapping and trade of species.
The director of the Czech Society for Ornithology Zdeněk Vermouzek, together with the Pannon Eagle Life dog handler Klára Hlubocká and the representative of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Arnošt Cetkovský, participated in the regular training of criminal police specialists.
On December 12th, 2017 MME/Birdlife received a report from a citizen regarding an Eastern Imperial Eagle run over by a car in the Mátraalja. A ranger from the Bükk National Park collected the body of the adult eagle. The bird was a female, weighing four kilograms and having a wingspan of two metres. MME’s experts took DNA samples and transferred her to the National Animal Health Institute.
On Monday, 08.01.2018., a young imperial eagle was found dead in a field near Apatin in Serbia. The bird named "Desiree" was tagged in Austria, in the north of Burgenland on 22.06.2017. After following it for 201 days and more than 4200 km, the team from BirdLife Austria noticed the movement has stopped on 07.01.2018. Unfortunately the worst case scenario proved to be true.
An information forum was held for farmers at the Eagle Center on the 6th of December, jointly organized by the Hortobágy National Park Directorate and the MME/BirdLife Hungary. Nearby farmers and hunters were invited to listen and to discuss the habitat management plans that will be undertaken by the two organizations in the scope of the PannonEagle LIFE program.