Coun­cil on hunt for trou­ble­some mag­pie

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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