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Croc sighted near Broome Port

Croc sighted near Broome Port

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in the Broome Port, Entrance Point and Reddell Beach areas. DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the large crocodile was spotted by members of the public on at least three occasions today and it was last seen in the Reddell Beach area close to shore. The accurate size is unknown as the animal has not yet been sighted by DPaW or Broome Shire rangers but reports suggest the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous. “People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point,” Mr Stevens said. “Shire Rangers have installed…

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New visitor panels at Kalbarri National Park

Kalbarri National Park coastal cliffs restoration wins WA Coastal Award

  A decade-long project to restore and enhance the picturesque coastal cliffs at Kalbarri National Park has won a coveted Western Australian Coastal Award for Excellence 2013. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) received the Coastal Development/Design Award for the Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs Restoration Project last month at the WA State Coastal Conference in Esperance. Major improvements to visitor facilities at Kalbarri National Park’s coastal cliffs included: the construction of 600m of recycled plastic boardwalk and more than 1500m of asphalt paths; the design and installation of visitor signs; and the construction of picnic facilities at Natural Bridge. DPaW senior ranger and project manager Mike Paxman said the team that worked on the restoration project was delighted to receive the award. “This…

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Ducks and ducklings on the side of a road.

Take care during duckling season

  As ducklings continue to emerge from their nests across Perth, the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking people to take care on roads and near wetlands. DPaW has already received several reports of people putting their own health and safety at risk while trying to rescue ducklings from storm water drains. DPaW wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said clutches of ducklings were on the move after emerging from tree hollows and nests away from the water’s edge. “Ducks often nest in hollows a considerable distance away from wetlands. Once their young have hatched, mothers need to bring them to the nearest wetland on foot which can involve crossing roads and cycle paths,” she said. “While we understand people want to help fluffy ducklings…

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Crucial prescribed burns completed across WA

Crucial prescribed burns completed across WA

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) autumn-winter prescribed burning program in the State’s south west is drawing to a close with some crucial burns completed in Yellagonga Regional Park and Yanchep, Gnangara and Pinjar pine plantations near Perth to manage bushfire risk. Wetter than usual conditions delayed some burns, which will be carried over to the spring burning program – the main season for favourable prescribed burning conditions – due to commence in the coming weeks. DPaW Perth Hills District Fire Coordinator Michael Pasotti said 20 individual burns had been started or completed in the hills area this year including a few very difficult but strategic burns to protect homes and infrastructure on the urban fringes. “We were able to finish a couple of…

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Duck shot with arrow

Duck shot with arrow

  Duck shot with arrow The Department of Parks Wildlife (DPaW) is appealing for public information following a cruel attack on a native duck that was shot with an arrow in Albany last week. On Thursday 22 August, an adult wood duck, also referred to as a maned goose, was found on Opal Street in Little Grove with a large target arrow through its body. The injured bird was brought to a local veterinary hospital and was subsequently euthanased due to severe internal injuries. DPaW regional nature conservation leader Deon Utber said the attack was being investigated by DPaW, with assistance from the RSPCA. “Using harmless animals like ducks for target practice is something that is not only illegal, it is completely inhumane and it…

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