EPA seeks information after pigeons killed by insecticide in Moree

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is seeking information from the public after receiving a report that around fifty pigeons were found dead in the eastern industrial area of Moree.

EPA officers collected two of the dead birds and sent them for analysis at the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) environmental forensic laboratory.

EPA Manager of Regional Operations Lindsay Fulloon said the EPA, as the regulator responsible for pesticide use, was exploring the possibility that the birds may have been deliberately targeted.

“The toxicology results show that the bird deaths were caused by the insecticide Methomyl, which is toxic to birds and other wildlife,” Mr Fulloon said.

“Products containing Methomyl are approved for use as insecticides in a range of crops. Methomyl is not approved for use in baiting pests or unwanted birds and animals.

“The misuse of pesticides for purposes other than those for which they are approved can pose a risk of significant harm to human health, the environment and native animals.”

Mr Fulloon thanked the public for their assistance to date and said the EPA would keep the public updated with any developments in the investigation.

If you can assist with information regarding the above incident, call the Environment Line on 131 555 or by email at info@epa.nsw.gov.au.

For more information regarding pesticides please visit the EPA website.