Council investigating dead birds
JAN HARRISON has uncovered a mystery under the Ballina Street bridge.
The Lismore woman was walking her dog on August 17 when she found a dead bird.
Over the next few days she saw several more in the same location and when she looked around she found a total of nine dead birds under the bridge.
“One had been run over, but otherwise they looked plump and well fed,” she said.
On Thursday she found another four dead birds under the bridge and contacted Lismore City Council, which told her it was not using poison in the area.
The council then contacted the Department of Primary Industries who went to the site and took one of the birds away for an autopsy.
“What's really unusual is that there was a period of 10 days where there were none,” Mrs Harrison said.
She speculated there may be something occurring naturally that was killing the birds.
“They may all just be coming back to roost under the bridge at night,” she said.
However, there was also the possibility that somebody was poisoning them, either at the site or somewhere else.
Council are still waiting for the toxicology report from the DPI.
“In the meantime I'm concerned there is a health hazard to animals and people, particularly small children,” Mrs Harrison said.
She has taken matters into her own hands by putting up signs warning people of what has been happening.
Mrs Harrison has been told a similar thing occurred at the same location several years ago, but couldn't find any information about what happened.