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.)

People urged to use Rowles Lagoon responsibly

People urged to use Rowles Lagoon responsibly

Recent incidents of inappropriate behaviour and damage at Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park have prompted the Department of Parks and Wildlife to ask for public assistance. Goldfields regional manager Ian Kealley said information received would help the department protect the lagoon, an important conservation park and popular camping area in the region. “We are extremely disappointed at the level of misuse and damage sustained at Rowles Lagoon over the past three weekends,” Mr Kealley said. “Department staff and volunteer campground hosts have reported a range of unlawful activities including firearms use, waterskiing and power boating, damage to vegetation, fences and signs, littering, damage to roads caused by vehicles hooning and dragging logs, as well as off-road motorbikes and quad bikes being used throughout the reserves and…

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Family camping - Yeagerup dunes

Great Pemberton Camp Out Warren National Park

Want to have a go at camping but not sure where to start or where to go? Then head down Pemberton way for an introduction to camping in Warren National Park. If you’ve never tried camping, haven’t done it for a while, or maybe haven’t camped with the kids in tow, this event is for you! Brought to you by Pemberton Discovery Tours/ WA Wilderness, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Nature Play WA, this event will give you the chance to have a go in a supportive and encouraging environment. Get in quick to book because places are limited.

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Easter bilby family fun day

Easter bilby family fun day a holiday highlight

The April school holidays are almost here, with plenty of Nearer to Nature activities to keep the kids captivated. Kick off the holiday break with the Easter bilby family fun day at Perth Hills Discovery Centre on Saturday 4 April. Department of Parks and Wildlife Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said there were morning and afternoon sessions available. “From 10am to 12 noon and 12.30pm to 2.30pm, kids and their parents can participate in Easter craft, follow the nature trail to solve the clues and meet a live bilby and other native animals,” Ms Francis said. Other school holiday activities at Perth Hills Discovery Centre include Powerful Pip for children aged four to seven on Friday 10 April and Nocturnal Delights from 6-8pm…

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Public asked not to feed or disturb seals at Mandurah

Public asked not to feed or disturb seals at Mandurah

People are being urged not to feed several New Zealand fur seals making regular visits to the Mandurah foreshore. Department of Parks and Wildlife marine park coordinator Melissa Evans said it was important the seals did not become dependent on humans for food. “These are wild animals whose normal behaviour is to hunt for octopus, squid and fish,” Ms Evans said. “One of the seals in Mandurah has been seen with a hook caught in its mouth and fishing line around its flippers, indicating it could have been seeking an alternative food source. “Seals are smart creatures and can quickly lose fear of people, beg for food and become dependent on handouts from humans. “These animals can then lose the ability to hunt for themselves,…

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Rare pig nosed turtles seized

Rare pig nosed turtles seized

Two rare turtles native to the Northern Territory and New Guinea and highly desirable on the exotic pet black market have been seized after being illegally kept at a Mt Helena residence. Department of Parks and Wildlife, with assistance from WA Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, seized one live and one dead preserved pig nosed turtle, as well as two illegally kept south west carpet pythons and an oblong turtle. Pig nosed turtles are close to extinction in the wild, with poaching for the black market rampant due to their unusual features, including a protruding pig-like nose. They are the only freshwater turtles with flippers. The seized turtles are believed to have originated from the Northern Territory. Wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said…

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