Over 130 wedge-tailed eagles dead in Vic

More than 130 dead wedge-tailed eagles and four other protected bird species have been found dead on properties in Victoria's east Gippsland region.

The environment department said on Tuesday 136 of the dead eagles were found hidden throughout property in bushland and scrub, during extensive searches.

Charges are yet to be laid, but a person is helping investigators with their inquiries. Wedge-tailed eagles are protected under the Wildlife Act 1975 and deliberately killing them carries maximum penalties of $7,928.50, and/or up to six months' jail, and an extra penalty of $792.85 for each bird destroyed.