wedgetail jail and fine

To: Clive Nealon <>
Subject: wedgetail jail and fine
From: Michael Hunter <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 15:14:27 +1000
What is it about East Gippsland Rangers?  If they know about Wedge-tail 
poisoning why have they done nothing about it?

Reminds me of a trip we did to a remote forested area of East Gippsland looking 
for the southernmost population of Livistona australis, our local fan palm, an 
isolated population supposedly surviving over a volcanic "hotspot" in E 

We found them, and nearby were several small marihuana 
plantations hidden in the forest.Not many birds.  

At the local Rangers  Office, asking about other palm populations, we mentioned 
the plantations.  he replied that they were all over the place and not a 

That was years ago,, but for interested readers they are probably still there.

By the way, the southernmost natural occurrence of L australis was two trees on 
an island in the Brodribb River no far from its mouth .


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> On 25 Sep 2018, at 1:42 pm, Clive Nealon <> wrote:
> This ABC link was posted in the 'Bird Photography Australia' Facebook page ---
>> On Tue, Sep 25, 2018 at 11:39 AM michael hunter <> 
>> wrote:
>> The Sale magistrate is to be very highly commended for jailing Murray James 
>> Silvester for slaughtering Wedge-tailed Eagles.  It is unlikely that 
>> Silvester will kill native birds again.
>> As a criminal could he now be deported?
>> How much publicity did the magistrates decision attract ?  Apart from 
>> Birding-aus I neither saw nor heard anything about it in the National media 
>> or elsewhere. From the Conservation view the jailing decision ought to be 
>> broadcast far and wide.  Much more so than the prolonged outcry over culling 
>> six sharks in the Whitsundays. Wedgies are a much more visible and iconic 
>> native than Tiger Sharks.
>> Like genital mutilation and other unsavoury practices a small number of 
>> immigrants bring to Australia, shooting or otherwise killing our native 
>> fauna warrants zero tolerance, in Public Opinion and the Courts. Not that 
>> Australian born fauna killers are guiltless. Publicising the penalties would 
>> help a lot to minimise the killing.
>>                                                Very Sincerely
>>                                                          Michael
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