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READERS responded to news that the Parks and Wildlife Service confirmed it had used a firearm to put down a bird it believed was responsible for attacked a one-year-old boy at Whiteman Park. Join the Facebook conversation @WannerooJoondalupTimes.
Did they do a DNA test to make sure it was the right bird before they gave it the death penalty? - TRACY ASTONE Why hasn't this been done already? Statistics show how dangerous they are. - EMMA JANE What will happen to the the poor bird’s young? magpies only swoop for a few weeks a year. We should be made aware of this and use signs to warn people of the hazard. - TOPSY MANN
Idiotic. They are only protecting their babies and it's only for a short time. If people don't want their kids getting swooped, keep them away from parks until the nesting is finished. So sad. - MELANIE HOBSON Whatever happened to the explanation of it being just an unfortunate accident? It's the same with plovers in our area. They've got chicks; sensible thing to do is give them their space until they move on. If you know they're there then don't go there. - DEBORAH RHODE
Can we put down the kids that throw rocks and sticks at them too? - CHRIS BARNETT Does someone pick the magpie out of a line-up? - CHETAN JINA I'd shoot the bugger myself if it did this to my child. - HAYLEY CLAIRE POMEROY I think magpies are territorial and it would have been only the one pair in that particular tree where the kids were attacked. - CLAUDIA KLAASSEN Shame it injured the kid, but it was protecting its babies... that's what they do. At my local park there used to be kids that would torments the magpies and throw sticks so they did swoop a lot but now those kids are gone they are pretty placid. - JANE J SELLS