PROVOST ATTACKED BY EAGLEBUT WAS IT HIS OWN STUPID FAULT?

From THE TELEGRAPH:

The Very Rev Hunter Farquharson, Provost of St Ninian’s (Episcopal) Cathedral in Perth, who breeds and shows birds as a hobby, returned to his cottage to find his prize-winning goose Beatrice dead, and a white-tailed sea eagle perched on a fence post nearby.

He went inside to phone the RSPB, a partner in the eagle reintroduction project, but then heard a "terrible noise" as the eagle chased his champion gander Bertie. When he tried to intervene the raptor jumped on his back, tearing his shirt, leaving a 4in wound below his shoulder and cutting his head.

It was the second time Mr Farquharson's birds had been attacked by young sea eagles. Two years ago four of his bantams were killed. He now believes they should not be reintroduced to Scotland, particularly in a populated part of the country.

"I have nothing against sea eagles at all. They are magnificent birds but around here there are far too many people and domestic animals.

A spokesman for RSPB Scotland said, "It is worth noting that when this first happened with Mr Farquharson in 2008 we visited his property and afterwards paid for the installation of heavy nylon netting affixed to fence posts driven into the ground so that the poultry pen and all Mr Farquharson's birds were safe from predation. When we visited again on Friday it was apparent that, for whatever reason, these measures were no longer present."

COMMENT: You know, I have absolutely nothing against people with silly surnames as long as they stay away from people with proper, decent surnames.

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PROVOST ATTACKED BY EAGLEBUT WAS IT HIS OWN STUPID FAULT? — 12 Comments

  1. The Eagles should have objected to the introduction of humans into their territory in the first place.

  2. In my neck of the woods, if you wish to support the coyote population, you have an outdoor cat. If Kitty is more important to you than Wily’ welfare, you have an indoor cat.

  3. We call the “puma” a “cougar” or “mountain lion.” They tend to stay in the mountains. When they do make it to town, they create a whole lot more excitement than Wily.

  4. Counterlight’s Willy would make a quite the stir wherever it would go, I’m sure. However, though I don’t mind encountering Wile E. on my morning runs, I doubt I could say the same should Willy cross my path.

  5. You know, I think I was going to make a comment on the original post but, having read the thread so far, I can’t remember what I was going to say for the life of me.

    Mercy!

  6. Anybody who raises geese deserves whatever they get, and geese are quite capable of defending themselves.

    I have nothing against sea eagles at all. They are magnificent birds but around here there are far too many people and domestic animals.

    What a sterling example of God’s call to be stewards of His Creation – “I wanna raise my geese! Go away you nasty birds who were here before they were wiped out by idiots raising domestic fowl and had to be reintroduced!”

  7. [Would anyone else be fascinated to see the fur fly in an encounter of Counterlight’s Willy and KJ’s Wiener? ;-p]

    The Very Rev needs to farq off…

  8. It’s a proud and ancient Clan who charged the d***med Campbells at Culloden. The Sea Eagle was obviously a Hanoverian! Hunter (a pal of mine) is also a gifted breeder of flat back black retrievers. So haud yer wheest on the long names!