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Powerful owl deaths fuel concerns mouse poison is spreading through food chain

<p>Native animals are already at risk from rodenticides but a NSW plan to use bromadiolone on farms has led to warnings the landscape could be ‘decimated’</p><p> In a chest freezer in Beth Mott’s office in Wollongong are the bodies of 40 powerful owls – cause of death as yet undetermined.</p><p>Over the past 18 months, the dead specimens have been coming in from across Sydney and as far north as Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Shoalhaven.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/08/nsws-plan-to-use-more-potent-mouse-plague-poison-could-devastate-threatened-parrots-experts-say">NSW’s plan to use more potent mouse plague poison could devastate threatened parrots, experts say</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/04/un-body-pushed-to-demand-stronger-climate-action-from-australia-to-save-great-barrier-reef">UN body pushed to demand stronger climate action from Australia to save Great Barrier Reef</a> </p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/02/scientists-propose-urgent-824m-mission-to-document-australias-undiscovered-plants-and-animals">Scientists propose urgent $824m mission to document Australia’s undiscovered plants and animals</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/12/powerful-owl-deaths-fuel-concerns-mouse-poison-is-spreading-through-food-chain">Continue reading...</a>

Native animals are already at risk from rodenticides but a NSW plan to use bromadiolone on farms has led to warnings the landscape could be ‘decimated’

In a chest freezer in Beth Mott’s office in Wollongong are the bodies of 40 powerful owls – cause of death as yet undetermined.

Over the past 18 months, the dead specimens have been coming in from across Sydney and as far north as Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Shoalhaven.

Related: NSW’s plan to use more potent mouse plague poison could devastate threatened parrots, experts say

Related: UN body pushed to demand stronger climate action from Australia to save Great Barrier Reef

Related: Scientists propose urgent $824m mission to document Australia’s undiscovered plants and animals

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