Shooting in NPs

To: Birding-Aus <>
Subject: Shooting in NPs
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 05:38:49 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Mark,

--- On Fri, 6/12/09, Mark and Mandy Young <> wrote:
> I agree, this issue needs to be talked with calmer heads.

But then you wrote:
> Shooters are shooters for one reason, to shoot and kill
> wildlife.

This is a huge generalisation and can't possibly be true.  A lot of shooters 
never shoot anything other than inanimate targets.  They also aren't all 
loonies that shoot anything which moves.  That's a funny joke in South Park but 
not true in reality.

> They aren't out to manage wildlife or to manage
> habitats. And letting shooters loose in National
> Parks is a poor way to manage either. If shooter
> want to shoot feral animals, fine, but not
> native animals, and not in National Parks and
> other such reserves.

I don't think anyone is declaring open season on everything just yet.  I 
haven't heard anything that suggests the protected status of fauna is about to 
radically change.  As others have said, having any kind of uncontrolled gun use 
in areas where there are the general public would be crazy.  Can I mention that 
not so long ago I drove a couple of hundred kilometres to Bungonia Gorge to 
discover that it was closed for feral animal control?  I think there are 
circumstances where the use of guns to reduce numbers of feral and even native 
animals makes sense, but only where it can be strictly controlled.  Excessive 
numbers of grey kangaroos can threaten other native species just as surely as 
goats or pigs.
I don't know if you've seen the sort of damage that feral animals like rabbits, 
pigs, goats and horses can do in a national park.  I've seen damage from goats 
in Sundown NP, Horses and pigs in Barrington Tops, and even wild cattle in 
Robinson Gorge NP (since renamed).  I wonder whether the large numbers of Grey 
Kangaroos in some areas of Namadgi are doing damage.  I'd be curious to know 
what method of control you'd suggest as an alternative for the control of large 
ferals such as goats or pigs.

We need to do more to try to retain what native species we have left.  As far 
as birds are concerned, the feral predators of most concern are cats and foxes, 
but habitat loss and climate change are probably going to have a greater impact.

I'm not a supporter of the gun lobby by any means, but it doesn't make sense to 
tar all its members with a brush taken from the likes of the NRA in the US.



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