The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is appealing for information about the apparent poisoning of a large number of birds at a suburban Sydney park.
The EPA received reports of 24 and possibly more deceased and sick birds at Hampden Road Reserve, Lakemba, with 10 found in a single day on Saturday 29 August.
The affected species include native Corellas, Ibis, Cockatoos and pigeons. A Sydney Wildlife volunteer came across suspected poison rodenticide scattered with rice on the ground in the Reserve.
Initial diagnosis by Taronga Zoo is that intoxication is suspected. The samples are being analysed further, with final results due shortly.
EPA Director Regulatory Operations Giselle Howard said the killing of birds, whether through intentional or reckless misuse of pesticide, was a serious offence.
“On the evidence we’ve received, this is deplorable behaviour. The EPA will certainly take legal action against anyone found guilty of unlawfully using pesticides to poison native animals.
“Under the Pesticides Act it is illegal to use pesticides to kill or harm non-target animals such as native birds.
“No suspects have been identified, but the EPA would be happy to receive any information from the public about who may have baited these birds,” Ms Howard.
Canterbury-Bankstown Council are conducting daily inspections of the reserve and clearing any suspected baits. Council officers have been asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the EPA.
Along with Council, the EPA is also working in collaboration with WIRES, Sydney Wildlife and Taronga Zoo to find those responsible for the apparent bird baiting. Each of these organisations has a vital role in protecting wildlife from harm.