Wildlife shot across the state

PROTECTED: Native birdlife.
PROTECTED: Native birdlife.

THE Clarence Valley shooting of a wedge-tailed eagle is just one of a number of recent incidents across the state.

A spokeswoman from the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service said volunteers had also been called to shootings in Narrabeen Lakes, Normanhurst and the Southern Highlands.

"We have a wonderful network of carers, vets and veterinary clinics in NSW that are dedicated to helping us care for native animals in need, but these incidents should never have happened," said WIRES general manager Leanne Taylor.

"It is virtually impossible to tell who could have shot these birds, but what is important for people to realise is that native birds and raptors are protected in NSW under state and federal law.

"While there are fines of up to $11,000 and up to six months in prison for harming a native animal, it is clear that we still need to educate some members of the community."

Ms Taylor said none of the killings could be said to have been within the permit system, which allows farmers to control native fauna.

And she said, in most cases, farmers were very careful to ensure they followed guidelines.

"Our unique bird populations can do without unnecessary losses," Ms Taylor said.

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