27 Jul 2009

Samoa Environment Ministry uses poison to kill Myna birds

3:08 pm on 27 July 2009

A poison is being used in Samoa by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to kill myna birds after the use of traps from Australia were unsuccessful.

A source in the ministry has revealed that more than four hundred mynas were killed in the first trial but there are concerns the use of the poison could also kill native birds.

The population of myna birds has increased dramatically to around a million.

The myna has already been declared apests in Samoa after many

agricultural crops have been damaged and destroyed by the birds