Police are investigating the shooting of native birds in Avalon.
Residents of Riverview Road, Avalon have repeatedly made the distressing discovery of injured native birds on their properties.
Robin Boler, who volunteers for animal rescue organisation WIRES, said she has been called to multiple incidents of injured birds in the vicinity of Riverview Road.
Ms Boler said that there have been up to half a dozen native birds injured or killed, typically Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, but one case has been a Kookaburra. Given the specific nature of the injuries, Ms Boler believes the birds have been shot while in flight.
The most recent incident reported was a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, which was found unable to fly in a residents property. The bird was taken to the vet at Avalon but unfortunately had to be euthanised. An X-ray (main picture) showed a pellet in the bird’s wing.
When the projectile was removed, it was found to be a type commonly used in air rifles. The use of an air rifle may explain why residents had not reported gunshots.
WIRES have reported the incidents to police who are now investigating. It is believed that a single person is most likely responsible, and is likely to live in the vicinity given the cluster of injured birds and the time over which the shootings have occurred.
Air rifles are considered firearms in NSW and are required to be registered. It is also illegal to discharge a firearm (including an air rifle) in a residential area.
Anyone with information on these incidents should contact Dee Why Police Station on 02 9971 3399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Images: Supplied by WIRES