Pursuing the Great Outdoors

To: Syd Curtis <>
Subject: Pursuing the Great Outdoors
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:16:28 +1100
G'day Birding-Ausers

You could do what the Kiwis have done:

Case 1. Massey Univ. wanted to set up a study area without any deer. They built the fence, called it an exclosure, then hired a deer hunter to eliminate all the deer inside. After a few weeks he claimed he had. They hired a second deer shooter & he got ten or more, then a third who got about five, then a fourth who got two or three.
The area was then ready for natives only.

Case 2. The NZ environment department wanted all cats off Little Barrier Island to protect some seabirds that were becoming rare, and so it would be safe to place some rare landbirds on the island as an insurance policy. They got the army out ,and then the gun clubs, and then a cat virus. In the end it worked. BUT within a few months if my memory is correct they caught a bloke rowing out to the island with a cat on board that he planned to release on Little Barrier Island.

Takes all types: & looks as if a range of methods can work.



Michael Tarburton


On 10/11/2010, at 12:32 PM, Syd Curtis wrote:

May I offer one general comment re shooting in national parks?

  The aim of park management is (or should be) to eradicate non-native
animals. Private hunters may well have a vested interest in maintaining a feral population. And even those who are sympathetic to n park principles
are unlikely to persist in hunting down the last few individuals.


From: jenny spry <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 11:10:42 +1100
To: birding-aus <>
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Pursuing the Great Outdoors

Hi all,

A week or so ago I sent a note commenting on the Victorian LNP policies of shooting in National Parks. In fairness I would like to mention that the Victorian Labor Party policy is available on this subject in a document
titled "Pursuing the Great Outdoors". It seems that in the state
election both parties will be promoting the protection of wetlands and the reduction of feral animals, both of which have to be good outcomes for
the protection of native non-game species in Victoria.

The document is worth a read.




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