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.