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Individual study: Release of a captive wedge-tailed eagle Aquila audax failed due to aggression towards humans in the Australian Capital Territory

Published source details

Olsen J. & Olsen P. (1980) Some considerations for future raptor rehabilitation. Raptor Research, 14, 10-12


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Release captive-bred individuals into the wild to restore or augment wild populations of raptors Bird Conservation

A small, pre-1980, study in a national park in the Australian Capital Territory, Australia (Olsen & Olsen 1980), found that a female wedge-tailed eagle Aquila audax released into a 5,500 ha nature reserve successfully adapted to release and began hunting European rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus. However, the bird had to be recaptured after it attacked people entering her hunting area, two months after release. The eagle came from Melbourne Zoo and was fearful of humans both before release and after recapture.