An aggressive male magpie has been killed after a slew of swooping attacks in Sydney's lower north shore left several injured residents covered in blood.
Lane Cove Council was earlier this month granted approval for a 'licence to harm' a male and female magpie terrorising residents on leafy Johnston Crescent, in Lane Cove North.
On Tuesday, the council announced it had actioned the permit issued by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to cull the male magpie to prevent further attacks.
'On the morning of the cull, the bird was seen to be aggressive on a number of occasions, confirming the behaviour reported by residents in recent years,' the council said in a statement.
A male magpie has been killed for persistently terrorising residents in Sydney's lower north shore (stock)
'Whilst a nest has been seen nearby, this bird has not been observed attending this nest.'
Last year, a raft of 'extra protection' measures - including signage with QR codes to the Magpie Alert website to report incidents and umbrellas - were rolled out in response to 'heightened attacks'.
Despite the tactics, residents injuries continued into the 2021 swooping season, prompting authorities to apply for a cull permit.
News of the application sparked public outcry, with more than 15,000 people signing a petition calling for the continued use of preventative measures, such as avoiding