Jason Arnold, a well-known snake catcher, who is also fascinated with predators such as the crowned eagle, said there had been confirmed cases in the Glen Anil and Sunningdale areas where people had seen crowned eagles swoop down and take small pets.
He said in the same areas, small cats and dogs had mysteriously disappeared and they suspected crowned eagles were responsible.
“In one case, the bird only realised once it had grabbed the dog and started to fly that it was a bit heavy, so it dropped the dog. It was at such a height that when the dog fell to the ground, it broke its back and had to be euthanised,” Arnold said.
He said the birds could be living somewhere close to the area and they were hunting from the sky.