20 June, 2021
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is urging communities to use pesticides correctly when baiting mice after reports that native animals such as galahs have been poisoned.
The safe handling advice follows an EPA investigation into bird deaths in NSW, including areas around Forbes, Parkes, Dubbo, Narromine, Condobolin and the Riverina.
“The EPA understands regional communities are facing a difficult situation and that everyone needs to keep their families, community and the environment safe,” said EPA executive director of regulatory operations, Carmen Dwyer.
“The safe baiting of mice is an important step in reducing mice numbers and pesticide users must make sure they handle baits safely and are careful to always follow the directions on the label to protect their family, neighbours, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment from harm.”
Toxicology results have confirmed that some of the birds’ deaths were caused by baits.
“Our advice is to think carefully about where the bait is being placed, only use the recommended amount of bait,” said Ms Dwyer.
The community should not touch sick or dead wildlife. If there are more than five dead animals of the same species, please make a report to the EPA’s 24-hour telephone service.