Hunting to be allowed in NSW National Parks

To: "Jim Smart" <>, <>
Subject: Hunting to be allowed in NSW National Parks
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 23:16:54 +1000
This is a very concerning development and there is nothing good about it. The control of feral animals in national parks and reserves is best carried out by professional shooters or by other methods such as baiting and trapping. If the sporting shooters were allowed to assist with ongoing feral animal control in a very coordinated way there could be some benefit but the system operating in state forests is in no way assisting feral animal control. The hunters in state forests go hunting when it suits them and not when it is most desirable from a feral animal control perspective. It is true that feral animal control in national parks is a major issue but providing additional funds to allow the professionals to do the culling using the most appropriate methods, which may or may not involve shooting, would allow real advances. The other problem with sporting shooters shooting in national parks is that it is not in their interest to severely reduce or eliminate the feral animals. The claim that this will assist with feral animal control is a furphy and the politicians and shooters should be open and honest about it. There is a Sydney Morning Herald survey which closes at midnight tonight. When I viewed it earlier over 70% of respondents had voted against letting shooters into national parks. The NSW National Parks Association is also mounting a campaign against the decision.

Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Wildlife Guide
Coutts Crossing
NSW 2460

-----Original Message----- From: Jim Smart
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 9:14 PM
Subject: Hunting to be allowed in NSW National Parks

Hello Alastair,

My suspicion is that the shooters are already introducing feral game animals into public lands where they were hitherto not found. In my area (Hunter Valley NSW) deer have recently appeared in Wallaroo National park and pigs in Heaton State Forest. It is not impossible that they walked there from other places where they are found but that seems to me to be an unlikely story.

Control of feral animals in National Parks is rightly a job for professional shooters. Governments occasionally respond to mass pressure. If enough people protest against
this proposal they may reverse their decision.


Jim Smart
East Maitland  NSW


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