Wyperfeld NP

To: "'H D Peter Thomson'" <>, <>
Subject: Wyperfeld NP
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:36:11 +1030
We saw some illegal firewood collecting going on at Barrington Tops once. We
got the vehicle rego and later found the car in the camp ground at the base
of the hills. The local ranger was very interested, confronted the
offenders, and threw them out of the park with a fine.   However, we dipped
on the Rufous Scrub-bird.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of H D Peter
Sent: Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:02 PM
Subject: Wyperfeld NP

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 liking.

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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