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Wallaby seized by Parks and Wildlife

Parks and Wildlife rescue wallaby from Broome car park

A wallaby joey posted for sale on Facebook has been rescued from a Broome car park by officers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WA Police. The animal was seized after a wildlife officer posed as a potential buyer during a plain clothes operation on Thursday 24 April. Wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said a 26-year-old man from the Northern Territory would be charged with offences including possession, importation and selling of protected wildlife. “It is illegal to sell or possess any part of a native animal in Western Australia unless you have a wildlife licence,” Mr Carstairs said. “In this instance, a man imported a wallaby joey from the Northern Territory into WA and attempted to sell it on Facebook. “It was advertised…

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Yardie Creek road damage, south of the Milyering Discovery Centre.

Significant flooding event closes Cape Range National Park

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that due to significant rainfall and flooding at Cape Range National Park in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, the park will remain closed until further notice. Exmouth district manager Arvid Hogstrom said the weekend’s flooding, which was associated with ex-tropical cyclone Jack, had caused extensive damage to roads, campgrounds, recreational sites, park infrastructure and the Milyering Discovery Centre. “This was a very rare and unexpected event. At least 250mm of rain was recorded within a 24 hour period,” he said. “During the heavy rainfall, camp sites at the northern end of the park suffered significant damage and campers were forced to relocate and move to higher ground. “Staff will today assess the extent of the damage and…

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Happy Mum meets a marsupial

Mother’s Day brunch in the hills

Enjoy a unique Mother’s Day experience in the beautiful bushland at Beelu National Park, with a delicious brunch and the chance to interact with some native animals. Organised by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature program, the Mother’s Day brunch with the joeys on Sunday 11 May is aimed at the whole family. Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said it was a great opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day at Mundaring, in the Perth Hills. “Treat Mum to a leisurely guided walk in Beelu National Park, followed by a catered brunch and an up-close encounter with some cute, cuddly marsupials,” Ms Francis said. “What a lovely way to spend some quality time with the family in the relaxing surroundings of our…

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Spilled grains send black cockatoos on danger flight path

Spilled grains send black cockatoos on danger flight path

South coast motorists are being advised to be aware of flocks of endangered black cockatoos gathering on roadsides, following 85 bird deaths as a result of vehicle strike during the past eight weeks. Department of Parks and Wildlife senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said the birds had been struck by vehicles on the South Coast Highway from Cheyne Beach Road to Wellstead, and Chester Pass Road in Stirling Range National Park, as well as in Albany. “At this time of year after the first rains, black cockatoos congregate in flocks by the side of the road to feed and drink,” he said. “As a large-winged bird, black cockatoos usually take off into the wind often putting them in the path of vehicles and making them…

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Public encouraged to stay safe at Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the State’s south-west

Public encouraged to stay safe at Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the State’s south-west

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising visitors to refrain from rock fishing in Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park for their own personal safety as oceans conditions were hazardous due to a huge swell today.   Parks and Wildlife Ranger Peter Simmonds said the park was extremely popular over Easter with thousands visiting to bushwalk, picnic, swim, surf and enjoy the beach. “It is one of the park’s busiest times and we encourage people to be mindful of their own safety, especially today when the ocean swell is quite large,” he said.   “We have already had a few people who have had to be rescued after being washed off rocks today.”   Everyone visiting Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park during Easter is encouraged to enjoy…

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