Shocking eagle slaughter: Mass poisoning killed 137 birds of prey

(FOX NEWS) - A man has been charged in Australia following the deaths of at least 137 wedge-tailed eagles, according to news reports.

The man allegedly used poisoned baits to kill the birds of prey in the state of Victoria in south-eastern Australia, according to the BBC. Citing a spokeswoman for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Weekly Times reports that the mass poisoning occurred between October 2016 and April 2018.

The wedge-tailed eagle, or Aquila audax, is Australia’s largest bird of prey. The eagles, which have wingspans up to 7.5 feet, are a protected species in Australia.

Authorities have not discussed a possible motive.

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