Two men have taken revenge on a magpie and shot her dead after she pounced on an older woman outside a shopping center.
The men, dressed in T-shirts and shorts, arrived at the entrance of Esmonde St to Wyrallah Rd shopping center in East Lismore, in northeastern New South Wales, around 12:30 pm on Tuesday and allegedly shot the bird in its tree.
The shooting took place an hour after a magpie was struck by a magpie and fell, injuring her knee, The Northern Star reported.
A magpie was shot to death by two gunmen wearing T-shirts and shorts at the East Lismore mall (pictured) at about 12:30 p.m. M. Tuesday.
Russell Brown, who witnessed the ordeal, said the two men claimed to be police officers before shooting the bird, but did not provide any formal identification.
Brown said the bird had been attacking people "for years," but questioned the actions of the two gunmen.
& # 39;Something should have been done to warn people about what was about to happen, "he said.
Mr. Brown described how everyone who witnessed the incident confronted seemed shocked and "baffled."
Another witness named Heather, who asked that her last name not be revealed, told the publication that, as a result of the ordeal, she could not sleep that night.
The Facebook page of Lismore Magpie Attack (pictured) revealed that there had recently been several magpie attacks in East Lismore.
The Lismore Magpie Attack page on Facebook (pictured) said the bird was "quiet and charming most of the year," but had been selectively dropping recently.
"I saw these guys with guns and I did not know what the hell was happening because there were no uniforms, there were no patrol cars, there was nothing," he said.
The Office of the Environment and Heritage of New South Wales states on its website: "It is illegal to kill birds, collect their eggs or harm their young".
He also questioned whether the men were actually policemen, saying that they should have sectioned the area and warned people beforehand.
Richmond Police District Inspector Bill McKenna said he could not confirm if the men were police officers, but added that it is not uncommon for uniformed or plain-clothed policemen to shoot troubled magpies.
He said it is also essential for all officers to use "visible police identification" and that birds must always be destroyed with minimal or no risk to the public.
"Our specialized police, the highly trained tactical police, regularly receives calls at this time of year to destroy the magpies that are putting members of the public at risk," he said.
According to the Lismore Magpie Attack Facebook page, the bird was "quiet and adorable most of the year," but recently it had been selectively descending.
The Facebook post continues saying that the magpies are "legally protected".
The NSW Environment and Heritage Office states on its website: "It is illegal to kill birds, collect their eggs or harm their young."