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    2000 birds die as feral cull backfires

    NewsBird NewsWednesday 19 October 2011
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    More than 2000 birds have died on Macquarie Island since the federal government began a scheme to cull rabbits, cats, rats and mice.

    The Federal Environment Department's heritage and wildlife division told a Senate estimates hearing today that 2190 birds had died since the eradication program began last year.

    Department officials said the birds had died after feeding off the corpses of poisoned animals and not from eating the pellets themselves.

    The real number of deaths was much higher because while 2190 bird carcasses had been discovered on Macquarie Island more had probably died at sea, Senator Abetz said.
     
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