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Prescribed burning was carried out across various tenures surrounding Kalbarri, including Kalbarri National Park, to create a strategic buffer.

Prescribed burning protecting Kalbarri

The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has just completed 4000 hectares of prescribed burning around the Kalbarri town site and across Kalbarri National Park together with the Kalbarri Volunteer Fire Brigade (KVFB) and other stakeholders. The week-long operation involved more than 50 staff and volunteers from Parks and Wildlife Service, KVFB, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Western Mulga, the Shire of Northampton, Water Corporation WA, and the Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program. A video of the successful operation is available at: Kalbarri prescribed burning Senior operations officer Michael Raykos said the burning was the culmination of recent efforts by Parks and Wildlife Service and KVFB to develop a tenure-blind bushfire mitigation plan to protect Kalbarri town site.…

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Wedge tailed eagle

Wedge-tailed eagles targeted

Wheatbelt residents are being encouraged to use strategies to reduce the risk of livestock falling prey to wedge-tailed eagles this lambing season. Parks and Wildlife Service regional wildlife officer Melanie Rowley said there were various ways to help protect livestock from Australia’s largest bird of prey on private property. “Often eagles are seen to be the culprits but they can often be innocently hanging around to clean up after a fox kill or after the death of a sick animal,” she said. “People can apply for a damage licence to scare the birds. “Regularly baiting and culling foxes on farming property is another option as foxes are often responsible for killing or distressing young lambs, which in turn attracts eagles. “Providing an alternative food source…

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Animals in suitcase

219 native animals recovered from illegal smuggling attempt

Two-hundred and nineteen native animals have been recovered from an alleged smuggling operation after being discovered in a vehicle near Eucla, 1200km east of Perth. This is the largest seizure of native animals ever undertaken in WA. WA Police Force intercepted the speeding vehicle on Eyre Highway, 20m west of Mundrabilla and discovered 15 large bags and around 15 plastic containers and bottles housing 198 reptiles, of which 58 are venomous, 16 marsupials, three cockroaches and two spiders. WA Police Force seized the animals and handed them to the Parks and Wildlife Service for identification, a health assessment and holding. The animals are being assessed by vets at Perth Zoo.

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219 native animals recovered from illegal smuggling attempt

219 native animals recovered from illegal smuggling attempt

Two-hundred and nineteen native animals have been recovered from an alleged smuggling operation after being discovered in a vehicle near Eucla, 1200km east of Perth. This is the largest seizure of native animals ever undertaken in WA. WA Police Force intercepted the speeding vehicle on Eyre Highway, 20m west of Mundrabilla and discovered 15 large bags and around 15 plastic containers and bottles housing 198 reptiles, of which 58 are venomous, 16 marsupials, three cockroaches and two spiders. WA Police Force seized the animals and handed them to the Parks and Wildlife Service for identification, a health assessment and holding. The animals are being assessed by vets at Perth Zoo. WA Police Force are leading the investigation into unlawful possession and animal welfare cruelty of…

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12 new Aboriginal ranger jobs in WA's South-West

12 new Aboriginal ranger jobs in WA's South-West

McGowan Government delivers real jobs in the regions 12 new ranger trainees employed as part of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council project  The McGowan Labor Government has today announced is it progressing with the recruitment of 12 Aboriginal ranger positions in the State's South-West under the Aboriginal Ranger Program. The new positions are part of the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council's Noongar Boodja Mentored Employment and Training Partnership project delivered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). The project will employ 12 Noongar trainee rangers on 16-month mentored training placements with DBCA.  One male and one female Noongar ranger will be directly employed and trained by the department to undertake work on conservation reserves in each of the six…

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