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EPA seeks information after bird deaths in Murrumbateman

Media release: 26 July 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is investigating the death of approximately 30 birds, primarily cockatoos and corellas, in Murrumbateman earlier this month and is seeking information from the public.

EPA Manager Regional Operations Nigel Sargent said as part of the EPA’s investigations a number of dead birds were sent to Office of Environment and Heritage laboratories for analysis.

“Initial results from tests indicate that the birds have consumed the insecticide Omethoath. This is used on a variety of agricultural crops and fruit trees for insect pest management.

“The EPA is now working to establish the source of the Omethoath and has been door knocking residents in the Murrumbateman area this week for information,” he said.

At this stage the EPA has not determined if the poisoning was deliberate. The misuse of pesticides is an offence in NSW and heavy penalties apply, including fines up to $120,000.

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

Contact: Public Affairs

Page last updated: 26 July 2017