RANGERS have caught and euthanased seven magpies at the Yerrabi Pond picnic area due to the high number of aggressive magpies, and the nature of the area which is used by a high number of people.
“There is no plan to undertake the same sort of action in any other location in Canberra,” a spokesperson said.
“The actions here were taken due to the circumstances. Some people have been injured as a result of aggressive magpies in the area, including one child who was scratched on the face.
“The aggressive behaviour has probably resulted from people feeding the birds over an extended period of time. Signage has been erected requesting people to stop feeding the birds. Rangers also visited the park each weekend in August to monitor bird behaviour in addition to providing advice about the magpies in the area.”