Magpie swooping RFI

To: Brett Leis <>
Subject: Magpie swooping RFI
From: Laurie & Leanne Knight <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2001 17:59:18 +1000
Brett Leis wrote:
> Hi all,
> While on the subject of human-bird interactions, I would also like to request 
> some
> information. I am currently working on a project aimed at identifying current
> management strategies and research priorities of problem or nuisance 
> wildlife. As
> you would expect a major theme has been our beloved and intelligent birds.
> Aggressive attacks on humans by magpies has been acknowledged as the most 
> serious
> human-wildlife conflict in Australia 


Crikey, that's a big call.

On the snapping/biting/stinging front, human have conflicts with
crocodiles [and hence have to avoid half the coastal creeks and rivers
in the country], marine stingers [and hence have to avoid half the
beaches in the country for 8 months of the year], numerous snake species
[and hence to watch their step virtually everywhere in the country]. 
Actually if you believed the media, you would have the impression that
more people were being nipped by dingos on Fraser than received love
pecks from maggies round the whole of Oz.

However, the most serious human-wildlife conflicts in Oz actually
involve bulldozers, dams, fertilizers, pesticides and shot guns.  

Regards, Laurie.

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