Kindness was shown after suffering a fall
I AM writing to say a big heartfelt thank you to the woman shopper who comforted me when I fell at Coles Wanneroo on Friday, February 19.
I did not get her name, so I do hope she sees this letter.
In addition, the staff at Coles were so kind, especially the staff member who assisted me to my car.
I arrived home safe. BEV SIMPSON, Pearsall. While returning to Hillarys Boat Harbour from a scuba dive we chanced across the amazing sight of a pod of about 12 dolphins swimming in front of the marina entry. Paddling along with the dolphins was this sea kayaker complete with a helmet cam. There were several baby dolphins in the pod and in this picture one can be seen surfacing for a view of our world. One of the adult dolphins was sporting an old injury with the top portion of the dorsal fin missing. After spending several minutes watching this enjoyable sight we headed back into the marina. Later on the paddler made himself know as Glen Colledge, from Greenwood. Glen was in a group of regular Wednesday paddlers who are part of Sea Kayaking Club WA. Another amazing example of our beautiful West Australian biodiversity on show for all to enjoy! Gary Tate, Greenwood tinction crisis in our own Joondalup bushland, but not just from feral cats. In far larger numbers, domestic cats roam our bushland reserves, hunting and killing wildlife.
Under the Cat Act, it is not an infringement for domestic cats to be allowed to wander uncontrolled in bushland, and there are no penalties.
This is a serious weakness of the present legislation.
The Cat Act is a relatively new piece of legislation, with no teeth, unlike the Dog Act, that mandates heavy penalties for allowing dogs to roam out of control or for dogs that kill other animals.
Dogs are also prohibited from being present in most bushland reserves, unless on paths and on a leash.
Cats in a one-kilometre stretch of the Iluka foreshore are hunting birds, small lizards, young marsupials. Another thing noted is that the same cat returns to patrol the same area for weeks at a time.
Some cats wear collars with no tag; with others, we can’t get close enough to check. These cats are well fed and in excellent condition. Some will approach people for a pat.
The results of their hunting have included a dead juvenile quenda (brown bandicoot), with its back legs crippled by an attack from an animal that was not hungry enough to eat it and a dead bird, decapitated.
We also have a photo of a live adult bandicoot, which we are privileged to have living in our coastal reserve.
However, we won’t have them for many more years, unless we can keep the domestic cat population from killing them, which now the law gives domestic cats complete freedom to do.