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Male Australian sea lion

Public asked to help protect Australian sea lions

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is urging people to help protect Australian sea lions and interact safely with the threatened marine mammals. The call comes after the department released CCTV video footage of a man harassing sea lions on Carnac Island Nature Reserve, 10km south-west of Fremantle. The department is investigating the incident, which took place at 11am on Monday 10 March 2014. Senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said adult male and sub-adult male Australian sea lions frequently haul out, or rest, on Carnac Island and should not be disturbed. “The vision of the man slapping and harassing sea lions is alarming,” Mr Dawson said. “These are wild animals weighing up to 200kg, with large teeth and if disturbed, they have been known to…

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Large beaked whale close to Perth beaches

Large beaked whale close to Perth beaches

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is monitoring a five metre beaked whale that has been seen swimming along Perth shores over the past week. Senior marine wildlife officer Doug Coughran believed the behaviour of the animal was consistent with a gray’s beaked whale, which was rarely seen so close to Perth shores. “The whale has been sighted just 20m offshore between Cottesloe and Fremantle beaches for several days,” Mr Coughran said. “While it is difficult to know for certain why the whale is coming into shallower waters, it is possible that it is due to illness and we will continue to monitor the situation but we will not intervene unless it comes ashore. “Obviously we understand the curiosity beachgoers may have to get close…

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New look for LANDSCOPE after 29 years

New look for LANDSCOPE after 29 years

One of the stalwarts of the Western Australian magazine industry – the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s LANDSCOPE magazine –– has a fresh new look. Director General Jim Sharp said this significant redesign - the biggest in the magazine’s 29-year-history - aimed to provide readers with new features and a fresh updated look, while maintaining the elements that readers looked forward to each issue. “For 29 years, LANDSCOPE magazine has been delighting readers with fascinating articles and stunning photography that provide insight into Western Australia’s beautiful natural areas, the unique plants and the animals that live there, and the opportunities available for people to experience national parks, marine parks and other reserves,” he said. “The quarterly magazine has been supported by very loyal readers and…

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Kids get Nearer to Nature in the Perth hills

Kids get Nearer to Nature in the Perth hills

Autumn is a great time for kids to explore the environment and the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring has some exciting activities planned for the school holidays. As part of the successful Nearer to Nature program run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth Hills Discovery Centre is hosting two sessions each day of the holidays. There are heaps of activities to choose from, including Cocky Capers on Monday 14 April from 10-11.30am, which suits children aged four to seven years. Kids can meet cockatoos up close, discover the types of places they call home, what they eat and why they have such unique features. On Tuesday 15 April from 10am-3pm, trek through the bush and learn some awesome survival tips including traditional…

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Pet owners urged to check before bringing animals to WA

Pet owners urged to check before bringing animals to WA

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging people to check if their pets are allowed in the State before transporting them here. Parks and Wildlife wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said certain animals, particularly birds and reptiles, could not be kept here as they may pose a threat to WA’s sensitive ecosystems. “Some pet owners who move from interstate to live and work here assume their bird or lizard will be automatically able to live here too,” Ms Johnston said. “However most pets, with the exception of cats, dogs and agricultural animals, require an import permit and licence, and not all reptiles, amphibians and birds kept as pets in the eastern states are allowed in WA as they may have a negative impact on native…

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