Kids harm wildlife

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

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