Department of Conservation staff are calling for information about five dead young kea discovered at Klondyke Corner near Arthur’s Pass today.
Anyone who was in the area around Klondyke Corner over the weekend of 6-7 August are asked to ring the 0800 DOCHOTline – 0800 36 24 68 or the Arthur’s Pass Field Centre.
Arthur’s Pass Field Centre Supervisor Chris Stewart said the Department was keen to identify the cause of the deaths as quickly as possible, in order to prevent any more birds suffering the same fate.
“The five birds have been sent away for an autopsy and DOC staff will be monitoring Klondyke Corner for any clues,” said Mr Stewart.
“The five birds were found piled up on one of the picnic tables. We’re hoping to hear from anyone that can offer some insight into how they got there.”
"If you ar'e able to help, please ring the DOC hotline."
Kea are endangered, and while they are often seen, their wild population is only estimated at between 1000 – 5000 birds. Rated as one of the world’s most intelligent birds, they are only found in the Southern Alps of the South Island.