DELWP look­ing to im­prove wildlife con­trol

Alpine Observer - - News -

RE­GIONAL Vic­to­rian’s are be­ing en­cour­aged by the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning (DELWP) to con­trib­ute to a re­view of the Au­thor­ity to Con­trol Wildlife (ATCW) sys­tem.

An ATCW per­mits the con­trol of wildlife that is dam­ag­ing prop­erty, farm­land or habi­tat, or pos­ing a risk to the safety of peo­ple and as is re­quired to scare, trap, move or de­stroy wildlife.

The main ob­jec­tive of the re­view is to im­prove the bal­ance be­tween hu­man safety and pro­tect­ing agri­cul­tural sec­tors whilst main­tain­ing an ap­pro­pri­ate level of wildlife con­trol.

DELWP has no plans in place to re­strict the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of over­abun­dant species de­spite the idea be­ing raised by various com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Feed­back from the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod will be col­lated and in­cluded in a set of rec­om­men­da­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion by the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment later this year.

The public con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod closes on June 29.

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