The EPA is asking for our help in catching a suspected bird killer, after recent reports of multiple Magpie deaths in Budgewoi and Coal Point.
Laboratory analysis of one of the dead birds has reportedly shown high concentrations of pesticides including Fenamiphos and Fenthion, both of which are not readily available to the public.
EPA Director Hunter Region Karen Marler said that community information could be the missing piece that helps solve this puzzle.
“Residents in Budgewoi and Warnervale will remember that this time last year, we had similar cases involving Corella and Magpie deaths. What’s worrying is that our lab analysis is telling us it’s the same pesticide, in the same location, along with a new location only 20km away.
“If you see anyone disposing of food or chemicals near open spaces such as ovals or parks, please call our 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.”
Ms Marler also reminded the community to be vigilant with their pets over the coming weeks.
“Residents of Budgewoi, Coal Point and Warnervale should keep a close eye on their pets.
“We know people have used food in the past to lure and kill birds. Please make sure your pets do not eat anything foreign when on their daily walks.”
It is an offence under the EPA’s legislation to use pesticides in a manner that harms non-target animals. The maximum penalties for this are $120,000 for an individual. It is also an offence to cause danger or harm to an animal by littering and maximum penalties are $3,300.