Good ideas Peter; I would not support the culling of Corellas either.
Surely there are enough environmental studies graduates out there who , if
employed, could formulate a plan for population managment of species such as
Ibis and Corellas ? Such a study would most certainly investigate why these
things happen, and how they might be managed in the long term.
We could cull the sports people? Then there would nothing to complain about.
Message: 2Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 18:48:40 +1000
> From: peter crow <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] RE:News story calling for cull or corellas
> To: "Bob Green" <>
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> Hello Bob,
> While I can express some sympathy for the sporting groups of Mt
> Gambier I also wish to lay the blame for the problem firmly on those
> same groups.
> They are the ones providing such wonderful habitat (well watered
> grassy lawns with grubs and other foods for the birds. Without those
> sources the birds probably would not have increased in numbers to the
> point where they are now considered pests.
> Culling them is a very short term and temporary solution. A large
> cull now will solve the problem until they again increase in numbers
> and the locals will want to cull again.
> There is probably no easy solution but a little creative thinking
> outside the range of shotguns may be better than culling.
> Good luck but remember people caused this problem.
> On 30/01/2008, at 5:22 PM, Bob Green wrote:
> > As I come from Mount Gambier maybe I could add something to this
> > topic.
> > For a number of years the corella problem has been getting
> > gradually worse here, affected sporting groups in summary include
> > Cricket - matches cancelled due to turf being decimated
> > Croquet - financial hardships placed on small clubs
> > Hockey - approx $10,000 damage to a newly replaced artificial turf
> > when the bird tore the seams apart
> > Golf - fairway and greens damaged
> > Nearly all sporting groups have been affected in some small way
> > A number of groups have had permits to shoot small numbers of birds
> > mostly as a scaring tactic, fright shots as well as gas guns have
> > been used but small community groups cannot afford to have someone
> > sit and watch over their complex 24-7.
> > It has reached the point where the fright shots etc are generating
> > more complaints than the birds from the general community but
> > sporting groups are those most affected, and not just financially.
> > I am not saying we need to have a cull but something definitely
> > needs to be done, but it is a difficult problem to manage, at the
> > moment one group achieves success in getting rid of the birds, only
> > for it to become someone else's problem.
> > Bob Green
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