February 7, 20171:38pm
ALDINGA residents are in a flap over a “disgusting” corella cull in their suburb.
Residents witnessing the cull posted photos and video of the shooter and the injured birds to Facebook.
They say a shooter started to kill off the birds on the evening of Wednesday, February 1, in the trees on private land opposite the Aldinga Hotel.
However, Miss Gladys By The Sea director Joff Chappel said he was one of several traders behind the cull.
“Apparently the birds talk so it doesn’t have to be a very big cull for them to move on,” Mr Chappel said.
He would not reveal who the others traders were.
An Onkaparinga Council spokesman said the council had not been involved “in bird control activities” since 2012. The Southern Times Messenger understands the shooter had a permit and was allowed to cull until 9pm.
Aldinga resident Donna Morrison said injured birds were left lying on the ground with gunshot wounds.
“I think it was disgusting,” Ms Morrison said.
“The shooter is meant to only shoot if he has a clear shot and can kill instantly which clearly trying to shoot at night with a torch doesn’t allow for a quick clean kill.”
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said the dead birds were collected and put into a sack.
“Some of the birds would fall down to the ground and flap around and they wouldn’t put them in the sack until they were dead,” the resident said.
Cr Don Chapman said the cull was “inappropriate”.