Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning are investigating the deaths of more than 100 protected sulphur-crested cockatoos at Tatong, near Benalla.
DELWP is seeking information from the community about the deaths as part of its investigation.
Compliance Operations program manager Greg Chant said more than 100 dead birds had been collected on one day close to Tatong.
‘‘It’s highly likely that the number of birds impacted by this incident will increase over the coming days,’’ Mr Chant said.
‘‘A number of the birds will be tested to determine the cause of death.
‘‘Sulphur-crested cockatoos are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and there are significant penalties for hunting, taking or destroying protected wildlife — including imprisonment.
‘‘Illegally destroying protected native wildlife is a serious environmental crime.’’
Residents who find dead birds in the Tatong area are advised to remove them safely, and dispose of them through their normal waste collection service.
■If large numbers of dead birds are found, please phone DELWP Benalla on 5761 1611.
■Information can be provided anonymously by phoning DELWP’s Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 300 000.