2020 October: Poisoned Eagles, Willurah Road, Conargo (NSW). Pesticide: ?

Wedge-tailed eagle deaths near Deniliquin linked to pesticide poisoning


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has confirmed that several wedge-tailed eagle deaths near Deniliquin last year were the result of pesticide poisoning and is calling on the public to help identify the source.

On October 29, 2020 a report from a member of the public led NSW Police to find eight dead eagles off Willurah Rd outside of Conargo in southern NSW.

EPA officers collected two of the birds and sent them for analysis at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s environmental forensic laboratory.

The toxicology results showed the eagles died as a result of pesticide poisoning.

EPA Director Regulatory Operations Gary Whytcross said the EPA and NSW Police suspect the birds were specifically targeted.

“To find that many birds dead less than forty metres apart is highly suspicious and now with confirmation of pesticide poisoning it certainly looks like this was a targeted attack,” Mr Whytcross said.

“Wedge-tailed eagles, like all native Australian birds, are a protected species and it is illegal to harm one.

“Killing eight eagles with poison is a horrible crime and we want to find whoever did it.

“We’re calling on the public to come forward with any information that might help.

“If you’ve seen any unusual behaviour, or know anything that could assist us, please contact the EPA’s Environment Line on 131 555, the Deniliquin Police Station on 03 5881 9299 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The EPA and NSW Police are continuing their investigation into the matter.