Bird deaths probed

Shepparton News - Country News - - INTERNATIONAL DAIRY WEEK 2018 -

Wildlife of­fi­cers from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of more than 100 pro­tected sulphur-crested cock­a­toos at Ta­tong, near Be­nalla.

DELWP is seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from the com­mu­nity about the deaths as part of its in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Com­pli­ance Op­er­a­tions pro­gram man­ager Greg Chant said more than 100 dead birds had been col­lected on one day close to Ta­tong.

‘‘It’s highly likely that the num­ber of birds im­pacted by this in­ci­dent will in­crease over the com­ing days,’’ Mr Chant said.

‘‘A num­ber of the birds will be tested to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

‘‘Sulphur-crested cock­a­toos are pro­tected un­der the Wildlife Act 1975 and there are sig­nif­i­cant penal­ties for hunt­ing, tak­ing or de­stroy­ing pro­tected wildlife — in­clud­ing im­pris­on­ment.

‘‘Il­le­gally de­stroy­ing pro­tected na­tive wildlife is a se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal crime.’’

Res­i­dents who find dead birds in the Ta­tong area are ad­vised to re­move them safely, and dis­pose of them through their nor­mal waste col­lec­tion ser­vice. ■ If large num­bers of dead birds are found, please phone DELWP Be­nalla on 5761 1611. ■ In­for­ma­tion can be pro­vided anony­mously by phon­ing DELWP’s Cus­tomer Ser­vice Cen­tre on 136 186 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 300 000.

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