Pigeon poisoner believed to be targeting seagulls

Last updated 18:07 22/01/2013

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A serial poisoner believed to be killing pigeons in central Wellington is now also suspected of targeting seagulls at Lyall Bay.

Three seagulls were found dead towards the western end of the beach today, Wellington SPCA spokesman James Craw said. Poisoning was suspected.

Two more cases of pigeon poisoning were reported during the long weekend, Mr Craw said.

One was in Willis St, and one on The Terrace.

In both cases, members of the public had reported pigeons moving sluggishly and seeming disorientated.

Unable to get out of the way of cars, some of the birds had been run over.

Mr Craw said it was possible someone was taking matters into their own hands to deal with a perceived pigeon problem in Wellington.

''Somebody could be doing it because they are seen as a nuisance.''

Talks had revealed neither the Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council nor Wellington Airport were doing any pigeon control work.

The fact the poisonings seemed to spreading was ''a concern'', he said.

Grain was reported in Midland Park last week, though it was all gone by the time inspectors arrived.

''We're going to keep checking it out, though at the moment we don't have any solid leads to go on,'' Mr Craw said.

The public was asked to continue reporting examples of dead birds found around the city.

Contact Paul Easton
Hutt Valley reporter
Email: paul.easton@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @pwe74

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