Hooded plover cause of death determined

A DOG has been blamed for the death of a hooded plover chick at Robe’s Long Beach during the New Year festive period.

Found dead by Friends of Shorebirds SE volunteers on New Year’s morning, the carcass was sent to BirdLife Australia in Victoria for a necropsy.

Results revealed the chick died from the result of crush trauma, suspected to have been inflicted by a dog.

This suggests the death was the result of being picked up by a dog and crushed.

The nesting site where the chick was being raised by parent birds is a leash-only zone, but volunteers regularly observe dogs let


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