News and media statements

All Parks and Wildlife Service news items and media statements produced after mid-August 2019 are available on the new departmental website .

Media statements archive

Media statements archive

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

Parks and Wildlife prescribed burning in the Perth Hills

Milestone reached for prescribed burning

More than 75,000 hectares of prescribed burning has been achieved since the start of spring as part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s strategy to get ready for the summer fire season – a significant outcome and one of the best in recent years. Parks and Wildlife Director of Regional and Fire Management Services Peter Dans said the department was progressing with prescribed burning on land it manages, from the Perth Hills area down to Albany, to help protect communities from bushfires. “Favourable weather conditions and the additional funding provided under Royalties for Regions have enabled the department to significantly progress its burn program with substantial results achieved so far,” he said. “Prescribed burning is an essential tool in reducing fuel loads and minimising…

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Magpie

Territorial magpies prepare to swoop

The arrival of spring heralds the bird nesting season and the Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to be on the lookout for swooping magpies. Wildlife officer Karen Smith said the department was receiving increased numbers of reports about aggressive magpies. “Magpies generally nest between August and October and the urge to protect their eggs and young is very strong,” she said. “Male magpies are territorial and may swoop at people if they think their nest or offspring are being threatened, but they are only doing what comes naturally to them.” Ms Smith said magpies may swoop anyone they perceive to be a threat and clack their beak as they pass overhead. “Although this can be alarming, if you confidently continue on your…

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Female flatback turtle coming up to nest

Boost for Port Hedland turtle monitoring program

It’s full steam ahead for flatback turtle monitoring in Port Hedland for the next four seasons following the signing of a $100,000 agreement between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Care For Hedland Environmental Association Inc. The agreement, funded through the North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program, supports the valuable ongoing work of Care for Hedland’s award-winning flatback turtle monitoring program, which has been running for 12 years. Parks and Wildlife principal scientist Scott Whiting said turtle monitoring data from Port Hedland, particularly from in and around Cemetery Beach, was important for the department’s turtle conservation work. “It will provide an additional mainland monitoring site for the Northwest Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program,” he said. “The flatback turtle is found from the Pilbara…

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New Kimberley islands book

New Kimberley islands book

A new book on the biological values of the unique Kimberley islands will provide a sound foundation for their future management. Department of Parks and Wildlife principal research scientist Dr Lesley Gibson said Biodiversity values on selected Kimberley islands provided an important knowledge-base for the planning of conservation management under the Kimberley Conservation and Science Strategy. “The exceptionally beautiful islands of the Kimberley lie within one of the world’s last great wilderness areas,” Dr Gibson said. “There are more than 2,500 mapped islands along this visually stunning coastline and they support many regionally endemic and threatened species.” Dr Gibson said the book was a compilation of field surveys undertaken from 2007 to 2010 by scientists from Parks and Wildlife and the Western Australian Museum, in…

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Saltwater crocodiles removed from Broome

Saltwater crocodiles removed from Broome

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has removed two saltwater crocodiles from the Broome townsite today. A 3m saltwater crocodile was captured at Cable Beach early this morning and a 2m crocodile was removed from the tidal overflow area at the Broome Airport this afternoon. The smaller crocodile was found in an emaciated condition and had a number of injuries suspected to have been caused in a crocodile attack. Wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said the 3m crocodile had been seen in an area north of surf club on popular Cable Beach and was displaying aggressive behaviour. The beach had been closed since the crocodile was reported on Sunday 27 September. “Parks and Wildlife officers have been successful in trapping the croc alive,” Mr Carstairs said.…

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