Council Warns Gunshots Will Be Heard As Ibis Culls Take Place

'Bin chicken' in the line of fire

Council Warns Gunshots Will Be Heard As Ibis Culls Take Place

Roughly 100 pest birds are set to be culled due to the risk posed to planes and passengers at Perth Airport.

The ibis, affectionately known by many as the 'bin chicken', is the main culprit, with a population boom at Red Hill Waste Management Facility causing the East Metropolitan Regional Council to take action.

Residents nearby have been sent a letter from the council, advising that gun shots will be heard on Monday as a program gets underway.

“The Ibis represents a very serious problem, simply because it's a very large bird,” aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas said, reports Perth Now.

“Bird strikes can and do bring down planes.

“A 747 pilot told me his aircraft encountered an Ibis on take-off from Sydney and the vibrations from the engine, it took out an engine, were so severe that he could not read the instruments.”

The cull will be staggered through the year and completed by a contractor.


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