A local contractor found two dead platypus within a couple of days last week on causeways in Upper Wilsons Creek.
They were healthy looking juveniles with no sign of injury. There would undoubtedly have been other dead platypus he didn’t find.
Coincidentally in the previous week, Council staff/contractors were injecting glyphosate (Round-up) into Coral trees along the length of the watercourse.
Their dead leaves have been dropping into the creek. Perhaps insect larvae feeding on these leaves have been falling into the water too.
Platypus eat enormous amounts of insect larvae. Maybe there is a particular insect in larval stage at this time of the year. Or it may just be a co-incidence.
Monsanto says glyphosate is mammal and insect ‘safe’, but I can see online there is some debate about this.
If anyone knows what might have caused a platypus kill, it would be in everyone’s interest to let Council know.
There may not be a single living platypus left in Upper Wilsons Creek.
Michael Balson, Upper Wilsons Creek