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Public urged to stay away from elephant seal at Sorrento Beach

Public urged to stay away from elephant seal at Sorrento Beach

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging people to stay away from a southern elephant seal that came ashore at Sorrento Beach in Perth’s northern suburbs today. Parks and Wildlife officer Matt Swan said the sub-adult male which weighs an estimated 2000kg had most likely spent a long period hunting in the water and was using a haul-out period to rest on the beach. “We are asking beach-goers not to approach the seal and to keep their dogs on leads as seals’ behaviour can be very unpredictable,” Mr Swan said. “If it is harassed by people trying to get too close, it may feel threatened and react aggressively. “Seals can inflict a nasty bite similar to that of a large dog so it…

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Burning near the Bungle Bungle rock face

Prescribed burning helps protect Bungle Bungle rock art

Significant Aboriginal art sites on the Bungle Bungle Range are safer from the ravages of bushfires following a special program of prescribed burning within Purnululu National Park.   Traditional owners, Aboriginal rangers and fire management staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) have conducted vegetation clearing and ground burning along a 1km section of ancient rock art.   DPaW’s Purnululu World Heritage Area manager Bill Dempsey said controlled burning adjacent to the art sites would help protect the rock face from radiant heat generated by out-of-control and high intensity bushfires.   “We get fires caused by lightning strikes every year in Purnululu so by doing this burning now, after we’ve had some rain, we can reduce the impact of hot season fires,” Mr…

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Empty warning sign frame at Langes Crossing

Crocodile warning sign stolen from Fitzroy River

Broome residents and visitors are being asked not to remove important safety signage following the theft of a crocodile warning sign from Langes Crossing on the Fitzroy River. Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) district wildlife officer Allan Bennett said the sign was installed following a report of a large estuarine crocodile acting aggressively in the area on 19 December. “The purpose of this sign was to warn river users to be vigilant due to the crocodile sighting and to keep out of the water and well away from the water’s edge,” he said. “However, during a recent visit to the area earlier this month, DPaW rangers discovered it had been removed from its metal frame and was missing. “Unfortunately, this is not the first…

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Croc sighting at Entrance Point, Broome

Croc sighting at Entrance Point, Broome

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people in the vicinity of Entrance Point, Broome Port, Demco Beach and Town Beach in Broome to be cautious following sightings of an estuarine crocodile. DPaW acting district manager officer Dave Woods said the four metre crocodile had been sighted 10m offshore and urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when in the area between Entrance Point to Town Beach over the next few days. “DPaW is working with the Shire of Broome to monitor the current situation,” Mr Woods said.   “If the crocodile is a threat to people DPaW will attempt to trap and remove it, or take other measures, including destruction of the animal, in order to maintain public safety.   “People…

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DPaW operation at Wedge for Australia Day long weekend

DPaW operation at Wedge for Australia Day long weekend

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is conducting an operation at Wedge, north of Perth during the Australia Day long weekend. The operation will include vehicle and visitor screening at road blocks; patrols and compliance management. DPaW’s Director of Parks and Visitor Services, Peter Sharp said the department was asking for cooperation from shack lessees and visitors to help make Wedge safe. “Last year more than 4000 people gathered at Wedge on Australia Day. The area can’t cope with this level of visitation and the illegal camping and anti-social behaviour that unfortunately comes with it,” he said. “To manage numbers during the 2014 Australia Day long weekend, shack lessees will be permitted to accommodate only one camping unit – for example, a single tent or…

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