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State authorities investigate deaths of 80 birds at Tablelands swamp

Authorities are investigating after 80 birds, mostly magpie geese, were found dead at Has

Authorities are investigating after 80 birds, mostly magpie geese, were found dead at Hasties Swamp near Atherton.

AUTHORITIES  are investigating after about 80 birds were found dead at Hasties Swamp near Atherton.

Tully man David Clarke was showing friends around the Tablelands on Wednesday when they came across the gruesome scene.

“We could see a big flock of birds on the edge of the lagoon,” he said.

“When we were driving out, we discovered a sick bird on the road.

“There was no injury to it, so we released it back into the water.

“Then we saw the dead bodies of dozens of birds and ­others in a dying state, that’s when we realised something drastic was going on.

“It was distressing to see birds flapping around dying.”

Mr Clarke reported the deaths and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and Biosecurity Queensland are now investigating.

 

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