Suspicious osprey death

Date posted: 21 November 2012

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is calling for information about the death of a rare osprey that was found on Brownlow Beach, near the Cygnet River, on Friday afternoon.

The bird was reported by a concerned community member who found the dead osprey with fatal injuries consistent with that of a gun shot wound.

DEWNR public lands manager Rob Ellis is calling for information from the community to help determine the circumstances that led to the death of the bird, which is listed as rare in South Australia.

“Under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 it is illegal to ‘take’ which includes shooting or killing protected animals without appropriate approvals,” Mr Ellis said.

“The illegal taking of protected species can attract a fine of up to $100,000 or two years imprisonment.

“The Animal Welfare Act 1985 also has penalties of up to $50,000 or four years imprisonment for killing any animal in a cruel manner.”

Anyone who is able to assist can call the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Centre on (08) 8553 4444.

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