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Chemical killed hundreds of Vic cockatoos

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April 12, 2018

A report has found more than 250 sulphur-crested cockatoos were poisoned in Victoria.

The death of hundreds of protected sulphur-crested cockatoos in Victoria's northeast has been blamed on a common farm chemical used to control mites and possibly made into baits.

More than 250 of the birds died at Tatong near Benalla in January and February, prompting calls to wildlife officers from the Department of Environment.

Investigations have found the cockatoos died of omethoate poisoning and the department is searching for the person responsible.

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