Man accused of poisoning more than 100 eagles in endangered wedge tail in unprecedented slaughter & # 39;
- A man has been accused of massive poisoning 136 tailed-tailed eagles in Victoria
- Two initial charges have been filed for allegedly poisoning the protected birds
- The police declared the mass killing the largest case of deaths of eagles in the state
A man faces jail after being accused of massive poisoning of 136 wedge-tailed eagles in eastern Victoria.
Wildlife researchers have filed two initial charges against the man for allegedly poisoning the protected birds for more than 18 months in East Gippsland.
The man was arrested, charged and rescued on Tuesday with the condition that he surrender his passport.
A man killed 136 tailed-tailed eagles with bait impregnated with poison in Victoria.
Researchers from the Department of Environment for Land Water and Planning say their investigation is ongoing and that evidence seized during recent property registrations is being examined in forensic fashion.
It is alleged that the birds were killed by the use of bait impregnated with poison between October 2016 and April 2018.
In late June, native skulls, traps, chemical products, ammunition and a four-wheel drive vehicle were seized during property raids in which authorities praised the largest case of eagle deaths with wedge tails ever seen in Victoria. .
The man who mass-poisoned the protected birds will face jail time after the charges have been filed.
Four properties were searched in Victoria while investigators searched for the man who killed the birds.
Four East Gippsland properties near Tubbut and Orbost were searched while investigators were looking for who was behind the killing of the birds.
The raids were carried out for several hours in a bombing by 45 police officers and government agencies.
All native wildlife is protected in Victoria under the Wildlife Act of 1975.
Deliberately killing eagles wedge carries a maximum fine of $ 7928 and / or up to six months in prison, plus an additional fine of $ 792.85 for each bird destroyed.
Authorities have stated that the mass poison of the species is the largest in Victoria.