Sunshine Coast Daily/David Thomas

Poisoner kills 20 magpies

WILDLIFE authorities on the Gold Coast have appealed to whoever is re- sponsible for a spate of magpie poisonings to stop, before a child becomes a victim.

It is thought bread, heavily laced with poison, killed 20 magpies at Palm Beach on Tuesday - the third incident in the area in just over a year.

Only one bird survived and is recovering well at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hospital.

Vet Erina Young says tests are still being run but it looks like the birds were poisoned.

“It seems there was quite a lot of poison in the bread,” she said.

“It could have made a small child sick as it's killed so many birds, so it's definitely a big concern.

“The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is taking this very seriously.

“There is a massive fine for harming native wildlife.”

The penalty is up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

There have been two other cases of mass bird poisonings in the same area.

“Last year, in April and again in October, we had two clusters, one where eight magpies died and in October about 20 birds died.

“They were all very close - within a one-kilometre radius.”



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