A pair of vicious magpies who have been terrorising residents a quiet suburban street for almost two years are now the targets of a ‘licence-to-harm’.
Dozens of locals leafy Johnston Crescent per mezzo di Sydney’s Lane Cove have been left with cuts and bruises after encounters with the native Australian birds.
The pesky magpies have even drawn blood after pecking furiously at the ears of passersby, and have also been known to attack young children.
Residents say the birds make contact rather than performing a warning swoop nearby, leading some to arm themselves with an umbrella shield when they leave the house.
Two aggressive magpies per mezzo di Lane Cove, Sydney are set to be culled after more than two dozens residents have been injured per mezzo di the last two years (file image)
Prue Sheehan said she was out walking per mezzo di the neighbourhood when one of the rogue birds dived her from behind.
‘It successo me per mezzo di the back of the head and I sort of was shocked – I looked at my hand and it was covered per mezzo di blood. I ended up needing to get a tetanus shot and antibiotics,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
She said she’s now afraid to take her kids to nearby Tantallon Oval.
‘Young kids are getting successo close to their eyes, a woman fell her stairs and broke her ankle, a young mother with kids gets swooped whenever she leaves the house.’
Neighbour Katie Beattie said she and her three young children are regularly targeted by the magpies.
She added that a friend of her son’s attending a birthday rinfresco last year had to get medical attention after the bird successo him near the eye.
Resident Prue Sheehan was swooped per mezzo di the back of the head by one of the rogue birds which left her bleeding (pictured)
There have been eight magpie attacks reported website Magpie Alert for Johnston Crescent per mezzo di August cerchio.
‘Do we have to wait until someone loses an eye to sort this out?’ one person wrote.
Local Todd Bachelder has formed a community group to lobby council to address neighbourhood nuisances claiming they have injured more than two dozen people.
‘When you aspetto at what happened per mezzo di Brisbane with the mother it was tragic, we looked at that and said we don’t want that to happen here.’ he said.
Council has put up warning signs around the birds territory and provided umbrellas hung from a telephone pole which pedestrians can borrow.
After council was given the ok to cull the birds, some locals expressed their outrage online
However, this week Lane Cove Council revealed they have obtained a ‘licence-to-harm’ from the National Parks and Wildlife Service which allows the birds to be culled.
‘This is the first magpie cull per mezzo di recent memory and is one that council hopes is an isolated case,’ a council spokesperson said.
While Mr Bachelder said getting rid of the birds would be a ‘huge relief’ for those the street others have said the birds should be left cerchio.
‘If you feed them once they remember and pass that to their young, they’ll love you,’ one person said.
‘I think we have to co-exist with nature. I have swooping birds near my house and I don’t go near that tree for three months of the year,’ added another.
The ‘licence-to-harm’ is valid until December 1 with council yet to nominate an animal control contractor.
The ‘licence-to-harm’ the birds issued by the National Parks and Wildlife Service remains per mezzo di place until December 1 (file image)