Kids harm wildlife
The Pilbara Wildlife Carers’ Association is calling for greater parental supervision to protect local wildlife, especially birds, from ging attacks.
A bush stone-curlew believed to be killed by a ging, or hand-held catapult, was brought in to the PWCA from Wickham recently.
PWCA co-ordinator Rose Best said her experience suggested the bird’s injury, a deep wound to its breast, was inflicted by a projectile rather than an animal attack.
“It was right through the breast bone. It has opened up the whole internal cavity of the bird,” she said.
Ms Best said local ging attacks on animals were primarily the result of a lack of parental supervision of children and were an issue across the Pilbara.
She said called it “a case of animal cruelty” as the bird had not been killed for food, making it illegal under the Wildlife Conservation Act.