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Charges laid over Violet Town eagle deaths

A Violet Town woman has been charged over the unlawful possession of more than 140 protected native bird carcasses, 128 of them Wedge-tailed Eagles, which were found across paddocks north of Violet Town.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020 at 10:00 pm

The Violet Town woman, faces 291 charges under the Wildlife Act 1975 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, including the poisoning of Wedge-tailed Eagles and the possession of other wildlife.

In August 2019, authorised officers from the Conservation Regulator, Forest Fire Management Victoria, with the support of Victoria Police and Agriculture Victoria, executed a search warrant at the woman’s property, after a number of deceased Wedge-tailed Eagles were found in the area.

The Benalla Magistrates’ Court is due to hear the matter early in the new year.

Native birds are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975. Killing native birds or being in possession of them without the appropriate licence or authority carries a maximum penalty ranging from $8,261 to $39,652 and/or six to 24 months imprisonment.To report wildlife crime contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Quotes attributable to Chief Conservation Regulator, Kate Gavens:

“We understand the value the community places on Victoria’s native wildlife, and we are taking these matters very seriously.”

“Wedge-tailed Eagles are Victoria’s largest bird of prey and an important part of our environment. This investigation shows the Conservation Regulators commitment to combating wildlife crime and protecting the iconic Wedge-tailed Eagle.”