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Mounted Golden Eagles

Donated in 1935

Mounted male and female golden eagles, the male presenting a hare to the female. In a large glass and oak display case.

Golden eagles live in the wild, open moorlands and mountains of Scotland. The decline of this species began around 300 years ago, when sheep farmers and gamekeepers began killing large numbers of birds to prevent attacks on their livestock.

Very likely that the birds were originally from the Scottish Highlands. However the mounted specimens came from Riseley Hall, Wormald Green, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (part of the G. A. Schofield Bequest of taxidermy)

This is a particularly fine piece of taxidermy.

A poem by Samuel Bottomley written in 1798 mentions golden eagles in the vicinity round Greenfield, near Oldham. Yet by 1850 the birds were extinct across England and Wales.