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Province still looking into alleged death of young birds at Home Depot in June

The investigation into the alleged death of a young bird at Home Depot will wrap up soon.
The investigation into the alleged death of a young bird at Home Depot will wrap up soon. - Contributed

P.E.I. conservation officers continue to investigate the alleged death of young birds at the Home Depot store in Charlottetown.

An employee first posted on social media in early June that she was told by a co-worker that a pest control company came in and destroyed three nests with live hatchlings in them in the store’s garden centre.

The employee told The Guardian in a subsequent interview that the store manager had told her he didn’t believe the pest control company had killed the birds. The manager told her that usually if there’s a nest with hatchlings in it, the pest control company will actually advise employees to leave the nest alone until the hatchlings are old enough to fly and then move them.

Alyssa Haw, public relations and communications officer with Home Depot of Canada Inc., said they were taking the matter seriously and actively investigating.

On Thursday of this past week, Wade MacKinnon, chief conservation officer with the P.E.I. Department of Justice and Public Safety, said the investigation is progressing after appealing to the public last month for information.

“We had several calls from the public that we are following up on after the request for information from the public in The Guardian,’’ MacKinnon said in an email to The Guardian.

“We have identified the birds from pictures taken by a customer.’’

MacKinnon added that they are still interviewing people with information on the matter and hope to wrap up the file soon.

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