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4 Takahe killed

Discussion in 'New Zealand' started by kiang, 23 Aug 2015.

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    kiang Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Hadn't seen this posted;

    The head of New Zealand’s national deerstalkers’ association has apologised “to the country at large” after four critically endangered takahē were mistakenly shot by hunters carrying out a cull of a somewhat similar-looking bird.

    Deerstalkers were contracted by the Department of Conservation to carry out a cull of pukeko, a non-endangered, very common relative of the takahē, on an island sanctuary in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

    Conservation staff discovered four dead takahē, killed by shotgun pellets, on Motutapu Island on 17 August.

    New Zealand hunters apologise over accidental shooting of takah? | Environment | The Guardian