Be­ware of an­gry bird

Coun­cil in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­moval of mag­pie in Bright park

Myrtleford Times - - News -

AN ag­gres­sive mag­pie tar­get­ing chil­dren at a park in Bright could soon be trapped and moved to a new area.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to re­move the mag­pie which has caused in­jury to chil­dren at Howitt Park.

Director cor­po­rate Nathalie Cooke said coun­cil is aware of the bird in the vicin­ity of the Splash Park and ad­ven­ture play­ground at the pop­u­lar park and placed warn­ing signs in the area sev­eral weeks ago.

“Although this is nor­mal sea­sonal be­hav­iour, we’re ad­vis­ing users of the park to take ex­tra care,” she said.

“The mag­pie ap­pears to be tar­get­ing cy­clists or peo­ple wear­ing hel­mets in par­tic­u­lar, in­clud­ing chil­dren.

“While we would not nor­mally in­ves­ti­gate the re­moval of a swoop­ing mag­pie, this bird at this site in par­tic­u­lar has caused a num­ber of in­juries to adults and young chil­dren.

“We are tak­ing this se­ri­ously as a mat­ter of pub­lic safety.”

Re­mov­ing the mag­pie is not straight­for­ward, as it is a pro­tected species and dif­fi­cult to trap.

Coun­cil has ap­plied to the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) for a Per­mit to Con­trol Wildlife, and should know the out­come of their re­quest later this week.

“If the ap­pli­ca­tion is ac­cepted and the bird is suc­cess­fully trapped, we will re­lo­cate it to a re­mote area based on ad­vice we have re­ceived from DELWP,” Ms Cooke said.

“In the mean­time, please avoid the area while wear­ing a cycling, and closely su­per­vise young chil­dren.”

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