Wyperfeld NP

Subject: Wyperfeld NP
From: H D Peter Thomson <>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:32:01 +1100
Unfortunately the horrible situation described by Peter and Bev Morgan at 
Wyperfeld NP may confront any of us venturing into relatively remote places 
searching for birds. Direct confrontation with irresponsible and probably drunk 
hooligans is not advised if smashed faces, phones and cameras are not to your 

Having some sort of pre-emptive strategy in place provides considerable peace 
of mind to timid souls like myself.

Fortunately I have not yet had to test the following strategy in the face of 
real danger but I have on a few occasions used my mobile phone camera to record 
evidence of illegal or suspicious activities.  If a direct confrontation seems 
likely to develop over an observed or imminent illegal activity the images can 
be quickly emailed to a distant trusted friend. The actual or potential 
offender is perhaps more likely to back off when made aware of the fact that 
the phone images have already been sent elsewhere and that the activity is in 
fact illegal. However it may be difficult to preserve anonymity and the risk of 
future retribution for 'dobbing' may influence decisions.

A more prudent approach may be to concentrate on documenting evidence of 
offences as soon as possible after the event so that community pressure can be 
applied to all those responsible. Reduced funding for National Parks and talk 
of recreational hunting in NPs is a great worry.

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