Beware of angry bird
Council investigating removal of magpie in Bright park
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.”