Re: Death of a Cassowary

Subject: Re: Death of a Cassowary
From: (Myra Murphey)
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 20:29:08 -0800 (PST)
>>Subject: Death of a Cassowary
>>Date:    14/11/96 02:55 AM
>>From: Laurella Desborough
>>Can you provide further information about Cassowaries in your locale?
>>Are local dogs allowed to run free in nature reserves?  Was this bird IN
>>a nature reserve?  Do the the local people even care? Are any of these
>>birds kept by local aviculturists?  Does this mean that there are no
>>more Cassowaries at all in Australia or just the Mt. Whitfield-Cairns
>>What is being done to protect and preserve local rare species? I am
>>participating in a group working on invasive species, in this case it
>>would be the dogs; most of the time it is cats.  Any information you can
>>provide would be of great assistance.
>>Yours truly,
>>Laurella Desborough
>>FAX 1(510) 372-0306

from: "Chris Gladwin" <>
>to:  (Myra Murphey)
>Subject: Re: Death of a Cassowary
>>     Mount Whitfield is basically the hillside behind Cairns.  It is a
>>     National Park but not that great in size and not fenced.  It is
>>     difficult to see where Cairns ends and the park begins.
>>     I live in Sydney which is 2000km south of Cairns.  Cassowaries occur
>>     only in the tropical coastal belt between just south of Cairns all the
>>     way up into Cape York.
>>     The local people (as well as most Australians would indeed know what a
>>     Cassowary is).  There are even road signs in the area warning
>>     motorists to drive carefully because there are Cassowaries about.
>>     Although the report I quoted was in a newspaper I have subsequently
>>     learnt more.  The dogs were not feral (which can be a problem here),
>>     they are owned by a person whose property lies on the edge of the
>>     reserve.  He lets his dogs run free.  The bird was still alive when
>>     found by a local.  This person tried to help it but was also attacked
>>     by the dogs.  Fortunately (sic) that now means that the dogs are
>>     classified as a danger to the public and the local police are
>>     currently trying to have the dogs destroyed.  The owner shows no
>>     remorse and is fighting the police order.
>>     This story was quite a big news in the area because people are
>>     concerned.  Cassowaries are still extant.  They are just no longer in
>>     that area of isolated forest.  They are still declining.  They are
>>     still suffering from habitat fragmentation.  They are still hit by
>>     cars and they are still (legally) hunted by aboriginees.
>>     I would like to forward your message to the Birding-Aus internet list
>>     but the software that my employer uses prevents this and it also
>>     "hides" your email address.  Can I suugest that you resend your note
>>     to  I am sure there are people out there who
>>     could supply you with much more data.
>>     Best regards,
>>     Chris Gladwin
>>     Sydney, Australia

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