UPDATE: A resident reported finding a dead Little Penguin and “a lot” of dead pigeons on a Safety Bay beach this morning.
City of Rockingham and Parks and Wildlife Service Officers found a deceased Little Penguin on Safety Bay Beach, which was reported to the City this morning.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the animal had been collected and would be sent to Perth Zoo for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The results will be available in a few weeks.
Cr Sammels said the City had been made aware that grain exporter CBH, which has a grain terminal in the area, had engaged licensed pest technicians to carry out a baiting program to control the large number of feral pigeons.
“The City has contacted CBH and is currently investigating to ensure that the program is being conducted in a manner that does not cause any undue harm to the community,” he said.
Several enquiries were received about this matter but no complaints have been lodged.
CBH group general manager operations David Capper said CBH Group regularly monitors the number of feral birds, such as pigeons, at their sites.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that we meet Australian food export standards and quarantine regulations.
“CBH undertakes a number of feral bird control methods at our sites.
“As a last resort, baiting is used as a control method when feral bird numbers are at a level that constitutes significant risk to food safety or grain quality, and where the potential exists for export and quarantine requirements to be impacted.
“CBH can also be directed by relevant authorities to undertake control measures as required by the Export Control Act 1982.
“CBH’s pest management protocols align with relevant Government regulations, and ensure best practices and humane methods are utilised with feral bird control.
“We consult with the Federal Department of Agriculture, the WA Department of Health, the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife and Federal quarantine offices.
“CBH ensures that feral birds are the sole target of baiting.
“All baiting activities are conducted under WA Department of Health regulations.”
EARLIER: LYNETTE Taiwhati was shocked to find dead birds and fish scattered across a Safety Bay beach this morning.
“There were so many dead birds,” she said.
“I saw one penguin and easily 20 pigeons.
“I only walked a short distance as there was just too many dead birds, I looked up the beach towards Warnbro and all I could see were dead birds.”
The Department of Parks and Wildlife were not investigating because the pigeons were an introduced species.