Environment Minister Jay Weatherill says there have been “sickening” attacks on endangered birds on South Australia’s west coast.
Two white-bellied sea eagles and a juvenile coastal raptor have been found with bullet wounds near Searcy Bay, Ceduna and Port Fowler in the past three weeks.
Mr Weatherill says anyone found guilty of killing a protected animal could be jailed for two years or face a $10,000 fine.
“In the case of the white-bellied sea eagle, we know that there are only about 50 breeding pairs left in South Australia so they’re a very endangered species and that’s why we have the National Parks and Wildlife Act,” he said.
“We have taken the birds to the Adelaide Zoo for an autopsy to be conducted and we’re really calling for people to come forward with any information they may have about the circumstances of the shooting of these birds.”