The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is asking for the public’s help after a Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) was shot and subsequently died from its injuries.

DELWP Forest and Wildlife Officer, Phuong Tran, said the eagle was found on Wednesday 28 November near the Baillieu (Richardsons) Lagoon Wildlife Conservation Reserve at Torrumbarry.

“A local landholder found the injured bird and called a local wildlife shelter who took it to a vet in Bendigo and advised DELWP of the situation,” Ms Tran said.

“The vet found a wound consistent with being shot by a high-powered rifle.

“Despite being treated for its injuries, sadly the bird died on Thursday night.

“The bird was a juvenile and possibly from a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles that are known by the community.

“Anyone with information is urged to call us on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“It’s quite sad that people set out to harm and kill these native birds.”

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world, with a wingspan of more than two metres. 

The eagles are an important part of the ecosystem as they eat road kill, other carcasses and live prey such as rabbits and hares.

All native wildlife in Victoria, including all birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, is protected by the Wildlife Act 1975. It is illegal to disturb or destroy protected wildlife without a licence, permit or authority.

Anyone with information about a wildlife crime is encouraged to contact DELWP at 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.  All calls are kept confidential.