Kereru shot dead near New Plymouth

  • 21/10/2017
Kereru. Photo credit: Getty

Four protected kereru, or New Zealand pigeons, have been found shot dead at the Lake Mangamahoe Wildlife Sanctuary, near New Plymouth.

It's likely the birds were shot on October 9 when a neighbour heard gunshots in the area, Department of Conservation (DoC) ranger Wayne Beggs said.

A member of the public found the birds the next day.

They were near a picnic table beside the reserve's main access road, about 1.5km from the main entrance.

"The birds have been X-rayed and bullet fragments found indicate the weapon used was either a high-powered slug gun or a small calibre rifle," Mr Beggs said.

DoC is appealing for people with information to come forward.

Anybody who hunts or kills protected wildlife is liable to two years' imprisonment or a fine of up to $100,000, or both.