A native parrot has been shot and killed in the latest in a series of incidents in Auckland involving protected wildlife.
The kākā, a male juvenile believed to be one year old, was shot in Whangateau – on Auckland’s northeast coast – and the DOC is now urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
After receiving information from the public DOC staff located the bird alive on Thursday 13 May. However, despite DOC staff’s best efforts to save this native taonga, the kākā had to be euthanised. A necropsy was performed and the examination identified a slug lodged into the bird’s left leg, with its right leg completely fractured.
The attack follows recent similar firearm incidents involving protected wildlife in Auckland.