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There have been reports sent into thisquality stating Seagulls are dropping to the ground, almost ‘paralyzed’ and slowly dying at Kuku Beach. The first report of this was on Wednesday (2 September).
The numbers of birds falling and mostly dying has increased since yesterday from today.
MPI is involved, but no public announcement has been made to date to warn the public of what has developed since yesterday.
Beverly Dowling, who has rescued Seagulls previously, said what MPI will be doing with the birds at Kuku Beach.
“They picked up birds this morning and will do a retrieval this afternoon at low tide. Any birds still alive will transfer to Wellington Bird Rehabilitation trust.”
It is recommended keeping dogs on a leash at Waikawa, Kuku and Hokio beach.
Previously in March this year, photos were posted to social media showing hundreds of Seagulls that fell out of the sky into the sand, sitting ‘paralyzed’ or ‘poisoned’ from something.
The Seagulls lie helpless on the ground, no noise, and no fear of a human approaching.
However, Seagulls are usually the type of bird to not get so close to humans unless food is nearby.
Beverly Dowling previously said a few words about the strange falling of Seagulls at Hokio Beach during March.
“I know that the birds went away for toxicology, pretty much on the same day that all this had happened. It was horrific and we’re not talking ten to twenty Seagulls; we are talking in the hundreds.”
“What upset me the most was initially on the first day, we were not allowed to take them off the beach.”
Beverley explains in a call that she does understand that taking the birds to rescue without permission from DOC (Department of Conservation), can be harmful because the birds may have severe conditioned diseases and wipe out a whole population.
“You could be taking a severe conditioned disease and wipe it out. I understand that but if that’s the concern, then why are people not allowed to euthanize the gulls rather than letting them hang there.”
DOC (Department of Conservation) stated it was SPCA’s responsibility. The local council, Horizons, never said to the public in an announcement that the Seagulls could pose a risk. Instead, the council stayed silent about the whole situation.
Beverley said that the authorities responding to the Seagulls is just letting them die and not even helping them or even euthanize them.
The dead seagulls posed a threat to dogs, not on a leash.
“Nobody was doing it, taking the care to protect people’s pets,” said Beverley Dowling.
Dave Richardson, who is a local beachgoer at Hokio Beach, said a few words from the last time it happened.
“Every year there seems to be something wrong with the beach, where even if it’s a Pipi die off or dying Seagulls.”
“I seem to find that I’m almost too scared to take shellfish with the pollution of the Manawatu and the Hokio.”
“When I was a boy, being brought up here in the Hokio it was always pretty bad, but these days since it’s draining from the most toxic lake in the southern hemisphere it’s got no show and I wonder what has happened to these Seagulls.”
“Witnessing the Seagulls here on the ground… they’re not dead yet, but they’re dying. We don’t know what it is at this stage of what is causing it, and there is no way it’s natural; it’s just not natural,” said Dave Richardson.
thisquality will update this story further as this story develops.