180 gulls buried

An update on the dead gulls between Waikawa Beach and Hokio Beach:

Department of Conservation community supervisor Kelly Hancock said DOC and Horizons Regional Council buried more than 180 dead gulls between Waikawa, Kuku and Hokio beaches on Tuesday March 10 [2020].

“Gulls are still being affected, though in much smaller numbers, so carcases are continuing to appear on beaches.”

She said cause of death was still unknown and Massey University’s pathology lab was coordinating post-mortem testing under the direction of the Ministry for Primary Industries.

It may be several weeks before the cause of death is determined.

Via: Birds on Horowhenua beaches still stricken by mystery illness.

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