Magpie deaths investigated
A spokeswoman from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has confirmed the department was investigating a series of magpie deaths reported in Australind.
A member of the public reported several dead magpies near Hanks Way, Garfield Drive and Travers Drive and the matter was referred to the department for investigation.
“One of the deceased magpies was taken to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, where a necropsy will be undertaken to ascertain the cause of death,” the spokeswoman said.
She said although it was not unusual for wildlife to struggle in the warmer months and for birds to die of dehydration during hot periods, the department had still launched an investigation to rule out poisoning of the animals.
The spokeswoman said anyone who found sick or injured native wildlife should contact relevant local authorities.
“If members of the public find sick or injured native wildlife, they should call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055,” she said.
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