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EPA appeals for information after hundreds of birds poisoned on the Central Coast

Media release: 2 November 2016

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is actively continuing its investigation into the poisoning of hundreds of birds on the Central Coast and is appealing to the public to come forward with any information that may help catch the culprit.

EPA Acting Director Hunter, Ms Karen Marler said the EPA now has reports of over 250 birds, including magpies, peewees, butcher birds, currwongs and corellas, and two dogs being poisoned.

“Our latest reports of bird deaths have been primarily magpies in the Woongarrah area in mid- October. The two dogs were also impacted when they ate meat baited with the poison at Woongarrah

“Testing indicates the birds and dogs have been poisoned with the same pesticide, fenamiphos. This pesticide is not readily available to the public. 

“Meat laced with the poison has been tossed onto the ground for animals to ingest. It is very distressing that anyone could be so malicious, to harm native wildlife and also endanger pets in this way. 

“The misuse of pesticides is an offence in NSW and heavy penalties apply, including fines up to $120,000.

“The EPA has received a number of leads and we thank those people who have come forward with information. We have not yet been able to identify the person responsible.

“We are again appealing for people to come forward with any information which may assist. We are particularly interested in hearing from the owner of the dark coloured Ford Ranger ute seen in the vicinity of Highberry Street, Woongarrah on Saturday 24 September to assist with our enquiries.” 

If anyone has any information that may assist the EPA please contact our Environment Line on 131555.

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 02 November 2016