As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 20 February 2017

‘Birds left to die on the ground? It’s disgusting’: Aldinga residents hit out at corella cull but business owners say it’s necessary



  February 7, 20171:38pm
 
ALDINGA residents are in a flap over a “disgusting” corella cull in their suburb.

The shooting of birds on private land has sparked an angry response on social media.

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”.

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