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An area council in Sydney’s north west has mentioned a choice to shoot useless a “notably aggressive magpie” that had allegedly swooped and injured folks for years was “not taken evenly”.

The Hills Shire council had obtained 40 complaints over the previous three years, with confirmed accidents, together with folks despatched to hospital on account of being swooped by the magpie on Outdated Windsor Highway in Bella Vista.

Based on Magpie Alert, which collects reviews of swooping incidents, a number of customers reported being injured by a swooping magpie within the space.

Screenshot of a Magpie Alert map, exhibiting the density of assaults. {Photograph}: Magpie Alert

The magpie prompted one resident to have a coronary heart assault, the ABC reported.

The Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service assessed the chicken and located it was “very aggressive” and “uncharacteristically territorial”. The magpie was noticed to swoop beneath bike helmets and different deterrents to assault folks’s faces.

A council spokesperson mentioned the assaults weren’t related to a nest, nor had been the assaults restricted to swooping season.

Nonetheless, as Australia enters prime swooping season, the council determined to take the magpie out.

The council tried to maneuver the chicken, however when that failed, it took out a allow to kill the magpie.

“Council doesn’t normally take motion to take away or destroy magpies – the standard process is to signpost recognized threat areas, as birds are typically solely aggressive for 4 to 6 weeks per yr,” a council spokesperson mentioned.

“Having regard to the variety of complaints, variety of confirmed accidents and ongoing threat related to the situation, and after having exhausted all sensible alternate options to alleviate the danger, council was issued a allow from the Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service to interact a pest controller who humanely euthanised the chicken to forestall additional critical accidents.

“This plan of action was not taken evenly.”

The spokesperson confirmed the magpie met its demise final Wednesday, with the assist of the NSW police.

Despite — or maybe due to — its fame for swooping, the Australian magpie was topped Australian chicken of the yr within the 2017 Guardian/Birdlife Australia ballot, securing 13.3% of the vote.

Voting for the 2019 chicken of the yr begins subsequent month.