Tara Goulter, vice president of Orphan Native Animal Raise and Release Assocation with a rescued tawny frogmouth.
Tara Goulter, vice president of Orphan Native Animal Raise and Release Assocation with a rescued tawny frogmouth. Claudia Baxter

Rat plague bad news for wildlife

NATIVE animals are becoming the unintended victims of rat poison laid around Ipswich, with possums and birds the most susceptible.

Magpies, tawny frogmouths and some marsupials have been brought to the Orphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association (ONARR) with signs of poisoning, vice president Tara Goulter said.

"There has been a definite rise in poison cases over the last three months," Ms Goulter said.

"We've had a lot of birds who prey on mice and rats show signs of poisoning; I've had a magpie that was swaying and lethargic and tawny frogmouths have also showed symptoms.

"They're probably eating the poisoned rodents.

"Then there's been a few possums that eat the bait."

Ms Goulter said ONARR had received the sick animals from Brassall and Collingwood Park.

"There's so many other ways you can trap pests - humane traps are a much safer," she said

"You have to remember it's not just wildlife that could eat it."

RSPCA Queensland's Michael Beatty said the Wacol wildlife hospital had received many poisoned possums.

"Over the last month we've been getting a few in a week, and we've also had a few poisoned magpies and crows," Mr Beatty said.

"This time of year a lot of people put poison out, or lay it in the roof where possums might be living.

"Humane traps are best, but if people have to lay poison they should at least put it in a container so only rats can get to it.



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