Daintree residents unite for cassowaries
THE recent spate of cassowary deaths north of the Daintree River has encouraged a group of locals to develop strategies to try to bring a stop to humaninduced cassowary deaths, and maybe even increase the cassowary population.
Cassowaries are an Endangered species, listed as a Critical Priority by the Queensland Government.
A hit and run car strike killed one cassowary plus a dog attack that killed three “teenage” cassowary chicks have highlighted the fragile situation of the already Endangered species,
Concerned locals have responded by forming a Wildlife Committee to address the problem.
It proposes to operate as part of the Daintree Coast Community Council.
A committee spokesperson said that while natural attrition was extremely high in cassowaries, the group believes that as a society we could do more to address unnecessary human-induced deaths.
“The incidents have spot- lighted weaknesses in response strategies and community education.
“Recent research shows that there are only 109 cassowaries left in the Daintree Coast area, a remarkably stable comparison with research conducted earlier in the 1990s. Unfortunately, there appears to have been no increase in cassowary numbers over the period.
“Already our group is looking at other groups and agencies with similar interests and key potential roles.
“The Daintree Coast Wildlife Committee has started to develop strategies such as pinpointing cassowary numbers by locations then looking at risks and potential strategies in each of the key population areas.
“More general measures such as traffic management; driver education; a possible cassowary rehabilitation station in the Daintree Coast; development of first step response measures in the event of incidents; Council by-laws; and pig and dog control will all be examined over the coming months.”