The Department of Environment and Science (DES) is appealing for public assistance following several reports of deceased native birds from locations in the Central Queensland and Brisbane areas over the past month.
On 13 January 2022, Wildlife Officers received a report of four deceased crows found on a property in West Gladstone.
On 14 January 2022, DES received a report of six deceased birds, including a crow, that were located at a property in Ashgrove, Brisbane.
Departmental investigations are continuing into both incidents.
Distributing poison baits of any type poses a serious risk not only to wildlife, but also to domestic animals such as dogs or cats.
Dog owners in these areas are advised to be vigilant when walking their pets and to check properties for sick/deceased wildlife.
All native birds, including magpies and crows, are protected by the Nature Conservation Act 1992.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The maximum penalty depending on conservation status and number of birds illegally taken or killed is $391,650 (3000 penalty units) or two years imprisonment.
A permit is required, and professional services are available to assist in the relocation or removal of native animals, including birds, in circumstances where it is necessary to minimise damage or loss of property (e.g. crops) or to protect human health or wellbeing.