Canada Geese.

Subject: Canada Geese.
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 10:40:27 +1100
On Wed, Jan 16, 2008 at 09:27:08AM +1100, Greg & Val Clancy wrote:
> the Canada Geese are most likely not covered by the NSW National Parks & 
> Wildlife Act and therefore are not the responsibility of DECC ...
> The Common Myna is not covered by the NPW Act either ...

The act is less than clear, it says:
  "bird" means any bird that is native to, or is of a species that
  periodically or occasionally migrates to, Australia, and includes
  the eggs and the young thereof and the skin, feathers or any
  other part thereof.

So a Common Myna  isn't a "bird" under the meaning of the act but
a Canada Goose probably is.

More important is whether a species is "fauna" under the act and the
definition is:

  "fauna" means any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian.

I guess "bird" here implies the previous definition, so Mynas aren't
fauna under the act but Canada Geese probably are.

Incidentally the act's definition of "reptile" includes introduced
species so Red-eared Sliders - which there are serious concerns about
as an invasive pest - are "fauna" under the act and hence protected,
assuming there isn't subsequent legislation. There is a schedule of
unprotected fauna presumably included for species like this but it has
only a few mammals on it and  doesn't seem to be updated.

I assume DECC has suitable powers to cull the Durras geese - and I think
should do this.

You can do your own amateur legal interpretation at:


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