Council on hunt for troublesome magpie
ALPINE Shire Council has set traps at Howitt Park in Bright to catch a troublesome magpie following approval from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Last week council applied for an ‘authority to control wildlife permit’ to remove the magpie from the popular park on the Ovens River after it attacked and injured multiple people over recent weeks.
“The permit is to trap the bird but unfortunately it also includes euthanasing the bird,” Alpine Shire Council director corporate Nathalie Cook said.
“It’s a difficult situation, it’s a little bit more than seasonal swooping, its actually striking people and we’ve even had a number of injuries to children.
“We have a responsibility to protect visitors to our playgrounds, and we owe a duty of care to our community’s youngest members.
“We understand that some members of the community will be disappointed that we can’t just relocate the magpie but it appears that euthanasia is the best course of action.”
GOING: A swooping magpie in Bright is set to be killed if it is trapped by council.