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Predatory crocodile kills livestock and threatens landowners

Predatory crocodile kills livestock and threatens landowners

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has today captured and shot a rogue estuarine (saltwater) crocodile that was responsible for killing livestock near Kununurra.   East Kimberley district manager Bill Dempsey said during the last six months, the 3.5m crocodile ventured onto rural residential properties on the Lower Ord River and displayed aggressive behaviour toward landowners and their livestock.   “A vet has confirmed the crocodile recently killed a horse, and savaged a cow that later had to be put down. The same crocodile is also suspected of killing a domestic dog,” he said.    “While the Lower Ord is known to be crocodile habitat, and is outside the Lake Kununurra Crocodile Management Zone, this animal’s aggressive behaviour posed a serious threat to human safety…

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An Australian sea lion enjoying the marine park. Photo - Parks and Wildlife.

Historic milestone for Marmion Marine Park

Marmion Marine Park, the first marine park in Western Australia, celebrates its 30th anniversary this month.   Situated offshore from Perth’s northern suburbs between Trigg Island and Burns Beach, Marmion Marine Park features lagoons, reefs and small islands that provide habitats for seabirds, marine mammals and other remarkably diverse marine life.    Marmion Marine Park Coordinator Melissa Evans said the creation of the park in 1987 introduced West Australians to the concept of marine protected areas and began a movement of conserving areas and providing special places for people to enjoy, and learn about the spectacular marine life of WA.   “Thirty years later, the marine park attracts as many as 1.75 million visits each year and has become Perth’s primary recreational water activity spot,”…

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Green turtle released at Exmouth. Photo - Parks and Wildlife

Marine turtles released

Two marine turtles have been returned to the wild after they were rescued and successfully rehabilitated this month.   A loggerhead turtle and a green turtle were released at Exmouth on 9 March.   The loggerhead was found earlier this month on Cheynes Beach in Albany suffering from exposure to cold waters and was transported to the Perth Zoo for treatment before completing his rehabilitation at the Aquarium of WA.   The green turtle was found in Exmouth last year suffering from buoyancy issues and was taken to the Exmouth Wildlife CARE group, where he was stabilised before being transferred to Perth Zoo for treatment.   He continued his rehabilitation at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre.   Department of Parks and Wildlife regional wildlife officer…

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Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

If you have ever enjoyed a trip to the Swan Canning Riverpark, join us for the Clean Our Rivers event from 30 January to 5 February and make a difference to river health. Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers and community manager Jason Menzies said people were encouraged to gather their friends and take part in a riverside rubbish clean-up. “This is a great way for Perth river users to help prevent rubbish and discarded fishing waste making their way into the river system,” Mr Menzies said. “We’re hoping lots of people can get involved with this initiative, which is in its second year.” Mr Menzies said Parks and Wildlife removed several tonnes of rubbish such as plastics, shopping trolleys, whitegoods and fishing waste from…

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Project to protect Windmills surf break

Project to protect Windmills surf break

A project is underway to remove an infestation of weeds and prevent erosion at the access track to the popular Windmills surf break near Cape Naturaliste. The project is a partnership between community group Dunsborough Coast and Land Care and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Volunteers recently removed enough Geraldton carnation and double-gee weeds from the two-hectare infestation in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to fill 42 garbage bags. Parks and Wildlife nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said it was believed the weeds were accidentally introduced to the national park by visitors carrying the seed on their shoes or cars from other locations where the weeds are prevalent.

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