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The Law of Unintended Consequences Strikes Again!
The Law of Unintended Consequences may be more difficult to avoid or jigger around than the law of gravity. In a report today, The Scotsman reported that the wildly successful release of sea eagles into the wild has one big snag. The beautiful and graceful predators love to eat other endangered species!

From the article:
James Reynolds, spokesman for RSPB Scotland, insisted the sea eagles were unlikely to pose any threat to the populations of threatened birds such as short eared owls and puffins. "A sea eagle doesn't recognise the protection orders that are given to various other species," he said. "They are opportunistic predators. If they see an opportunity, they will exploit it.

"Generally, you will see that they take sea birds, largely fulmars and gannets. But other species will form part of their diet and they won't be averse to taking a few puffin. It's just part of the balance of nature.

"I don't anticipate they will have any sort of observable impact on the numbers of species like puffin."

He added that a sea eagle would be "highly unlikely" to take a whole deer, but would usually take carrion.

The reintroduction of sea eagles last year met with opposition from farmers in Gairloch, Wester Ross, who blamed the birds for the loss of 200 lambs.

Read the rest of the article online at The Scotsman