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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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Prescribed burning in pine plantation north of Perth

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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Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today advised Broome residents and visitors to the area to be alert following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in shallow waters between Port Jetty and Entrance Point Boat Ramps. DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the 3m crocodile was sighted twice today first by a local fisherman and then by department staff. The crocodile was last seen heading north-west from Entrance Point towards Gantheaume Point approximately 800m off shore. “People need to be careful, and avoid the beach and waters between Gantheaume Point and Port Beach, including Reddell Beach,” he said. “We have department and Shire of Broome rangers on site advising people to exercise caution and warning signs have been erected.…

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Public urged to report little corella sightings

Public urged to report little corella sightings

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging South West residents to report sightings of introduced little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) as part of a study to monitor their movements and behaviour. DPaW project officer Mark Blythman said 10 little corellas were caught and fitted with wing tags last weekend, with the birds released in Australind and expected to move through the Australind, Bunbury, Collie, Donnybrook and Busselton areas. “The information gathered through this study will help us increase our knowledge of these introduced birds, which pose a threat to local wildlife, and consider future control strategies,” he said. “Although little corellas occur naturally in the north of the state, north of the South West land zone, they are believed to be becoming established in…

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