The Hills Shire council in Sydney’s north west has shot dead a “particularly aggressive magpie” after receiving multiple complaints of it attacking and injuring local residents over the past three years.
The magpie is well known in Bella Vista for its attacks on Old Windsor Road over the past three years, and its behaviour reportedly wasn’t linked to nesting season.
“A particularly aggressive magpie has been impacting pedestrians and cyclists along the path and on Old Windsor Road adjacent to Francesco Crescent Reserve, Bella Vista over a number of years,” a spokesperson for the Hills Shire Council said.
“Council has received 40 complaints over the last three years and there have been confirmed injuries, of which several resulted in hospitalisation from this particular magpie.
“The magpie was known to attack people outside of ‘swooping season’ and its attacks are not linked to the protection of a nest.”
The local council reportedly attempted to relocate the magpie, but to no avail, and ultimately reached the decision to euthanise the animal with National Parks and Wildlife Service.
“Council does not usually take action to remove or destroy magpies – the usual procedure is to signpost known risk areas as birds are generally only aggressive for four to six weeks per year.
“Having regard to the number of complaints, number of confirmed injuries and ongoing risk associated with the location, and after having exhausted all practical alternatives to alleviate the risk, Council was issued a permit from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to engage a pest controller who humanely euthanised the bird to prevent further serious injuries. This course of action was not taken lightly.”
The bird was nicknamed the “Windsor Road Monster” after carrying out such attacks over several years.