I also will 'stick my neck out' (like Greg) - and please don't get me
wrong, I am all for conservation, and protecting endangered species,
beach nesting sites, etc.
It's interesting that many on this list are advocates of Myna
control, and eradicating Canada Geese before they get established,
etc. (both of which I support), but are not in favour of culling a
native population to reduce local numbers to more manageable levels.
Introduced pest species clearly do not belong in an area, and are
only there because of human intervention - hence many feeling little
compunction about control/eradication. However, as Peter Crow
rightly pointed on this thread yesterday, the only reason these
Corellas (and many other native species which achieve 'pest' status)
have done so is also because of human intervention. For the sake of
consistency (if nothing else), surely there can be a morally
defensible case mounted for population control, through humane
methods, to keep such 'pest' species at levels more akin to what they
would have been without the 'positive' human interference which led
to what is clearly sometimes a population explosion???
I'll be interested to see whether I've stuck my neck out far enough
for someone to want to chop it off!
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