Wedge-tailed Eagle carcass count at 136
Department of Environment Land Water and Planning
Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) Authorised Officers, in conjunction with other agencies, have found 136 dead Wedge-tailed Eagles, and a further four protected species of birds.
Manager Intelligence and Investigations Unit, Iain Bruce, said the birds were found after staff conducted an extensive search of properties in east Gippsland.
Iain Bruce said “Wedge-tailed eagles are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and deliberately killing these birds carries a maximum penalty of $7,928.50, and or up to six months imprisonment, and an additional penalty of $792.85 for each bird destroyed.”
“We know that like us, the community are outraged over this occurrence, so be assured that we are taking this matter very seriously and continuing our investigations.
“This is a significant state-wide investigation, involving more than 30 staff, using a variety of investigative tools and techniques.
“The animals were hidden throughout property in bushland and scrub, with no single point of disposal and we believe that the numbers may be higher than what have been seized.
“At this stage, no charges have been laid, but we have someone helping us with our enquiry.
“We are also calling on the community to help us with any further information that could assist this case or others. If you do know something, or if you’ve seen something, say something.
“We’re urging you to go directly to Crimestoppers with any details.
Reporting is confidential, we only need your information to help solve crime, not your name” said Mr Bruce.
Based on the evidence seized so far, DELWP believes it is unlikely wild dog baiting (1080) would be responsible for this incident because of the circumstances of the case and how the animals have been located on the property.
Crimestoppers number is 1800 333 000 or you can also report online at https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/report-a-crime/