‘Dangerous’ magpie to be relocated
A “VERY aggressive” magpie will be moved from Spinks Park next week after Lismore City Council received a number of complaints.
“We will be relocating a very aggressive magpie from Spinks Park next week but in the meantime please avoid this area,” they posted on Facebook.
“The bird is having a go at anyone walking/cycling along the path behind the old gallery building, through the rose garden and near the kids playground.
“We are awaiting approval and will relocate the bird as soon as possible.”
The post attracted a lot of comments from people who were concerned about the magpie being moved.
In response to the concerns, the council wrote: “We understand people’s concerns and most of the time, swooping behaviour does not pose a danger to humans.
“We would not normally relocate a swooping magpie… it is something we all need to manage and live with.
“However, occasionally we come across a very dangerous and aggressive bird such as the one in Spinks Park.
“Relocating a bird is an absolute last resort for us but given its proximity to a well-populated area where there are children, the decision was made that for public safety reasons we needed to relocate it.
“This is not a decision we take lightly and we do appreciate there are many different views on this matter.”
SWOOPING DANGER: An aggressive magpie will be moved from Spinks Park, Lismore.