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(This website contains news items and media statements produced prior to August 2019 only.)

Sub-Antarctic fur seal resting on Penguin Island

Resting seals and sea lions on Perth and south-west beaches

Several seal species including Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals and sub-Antarctic fur seals will be resting on beaches or swimming close to shores in the Perth metro area and south-west regions in the coming weeks. While this can be a fascinating and rewarding experience, it is important that people leave the seals undisturbed and maintain a safe distance from them. The Department of Parks and Wildlife has recently received numerous reports of sightings of seals on beaches and is reminding people not to get too close or interfere with the seals in any way.  Wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said people often mistake young seals and sea lions that are resting as sick or abandoned pups and attempt to `rescue’ them. “Such intervention can…

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Boat location to close to the whale

Watching whales safely in the Kimberley region

With the onset of the whale migration season, residents and visitors to the Kimberley region are being reminded to maintain a safe boating distance from these mighty creatures as they breed and bask in the northern warmer waters. Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Alan Byrne said thecoastal waters around Broome are an important part of the northern migration route of humpback whales as they travel from their southern feeding grounds in Antarctica to their breeding grounds in the Kimberley. “Broome is an ideal location to see humpback and southern right whales and calves and it is a fantastic time of year to enjoy whale watching, however it is important that people follow the guidelines when they’re out on the water,” he said. “The…

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Gilbert’s potoroos head to new island home

Gilbert’s potoroos head to new island home

Four Gilbert’s potoroos have been translocated to Michaelmas Island off the coast of Albany in a move to protect the critically endangered marsupial after a devastating fire swept across the animal’s natural range. A lightning strike sparked a 1230ha fire at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve in November 2015 and destroyed most of the Gilbert’s potoroo’s habitat at the reserve. Parks and Wildlife principal research scientist Dr Tony Friend said after the fires, staff rescued seven Gilbert’s potoroos and undertook emergency baiting to protect the remaining animals as well as noisy scrub-birds, quokkas and western ringtail possums. The emergency baiting was in addition to routine fox and feral cat control in the reserve under Parks and Wildlife’s Western Shield program and work is underway to…

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A whale of an effort to remove carcass

A whale of an effort to remove carcass

A humpback whale that washed up on Honeycombs beach in the State’s south-west has been successfully removed. The 13-metre carcass, which washed up on the popular surfing beach in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and Ngari Capes Marine Park, was removed during a six-hour operation by Parks and Wildlife and Cowaramup-based Cowara Contractors. Parks and Wildlife Blackwood District operations officer Ed Hatherley said the removal required 10 people, a traxcavator, excavator and skid steer loader in challenging conditions. “After retrieving the carcass from the shallows, it was wrapped in tarpaulins, netting and chains, and was carefully maneuvered by machinery up an incline, through a narrow gap in the dunes and down to a waiting semi-trailer with a low loader,” he said. “The animal was then firmly secured…

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Continued monitoring of crocodiles in Broome area

Continued monitoring of crocodiles in Broome area

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is continuing to monitor and attempt to remove two estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles from the Broome area. Wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said a 2m crocodile sighted at Cable Beach twice last week had been seen again at Willie Creek last night. A trap has been set at the Broome Port slipway for another crocodile reported in the area. “Department staff are conducting daytime patrols and night spotlighting around Cable Beach and RoebuckBay,”’ Mr Carstairs said. “We are monitoring the Cable Beach and Town Beach areas closely so when we receive another sighting we can remove the crocodile using non-lethal skin harpooning or a cage trap. “We are urging members of the public to remain vigilant around waterways where crocodiles are…

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