Shooting in NPs

To: "Peter Shute" <>, "Rob Geraghty" <>, "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Shooting in NPs
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 09:48:07 +1000
The issue is not whether all shooters are crazed killers or not but whether allowing recreational shooting in national parks is a wise move. On two main grounds it is not wise. Firstly, having people shoot in parks, other than in closely controlled culling programmes, would raise grave safety issues as parks are being increasingly promoted as tourist destinations and have thousands of visitors each year. Secondly, the irregular pattern of the shooting, based on the availability and needs of the shooters, would not offer an effective management tool for feral animal control. Shooting is only one method for feral animal control and is often the least effective.

Re. shooting native animals I do believe that there are circumstances where culling may be required, especially for Eastern Grey Kangaroos, but this should only be carried out as part of a well co-ordinated programme and not as part of an open season. The protection of Dingoes and their re-introduction into areas where they have been wiped out would help provide a control on kangaroo numbers as well as a controling foxes and feral cats. Our wetlands have suffered so much in recent decades that an open season on ducks should never be allowed again.

The government should not pander to the shooting lobby. Shooters can carry out their activities at specially designated shooting ranges, on private property with permission and, regrettably, in state forests. National Parks are, and should always be, out of bounds to recreational shooters.

Dr Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing

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