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Insecticide blamed for the deaths of 200 native birds, including wedge-tailed eagles

An insecticide is likely to be behind the deaths of almost 200 native birds in northeast Victoria, environment officials believe.  After dead wedge-tailed eagles were found near Violet Town in August the state’s environment department found more – along with hawks and falcons – on a nearby property.  They have since found up to 200 dead native birds in the area, including 25 wedge-tailed eagles.  Tests on six eagles have detected an insecticide used to control mites.  The same agricultural chemical has been found in the carcasses of animals suspected of being used as bait. The department believes it may have caused all the bird deaths. But it is not sure whether the poisoning was accidental.  Read more....



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