|Issues for WA Bushwalkers
Shooting in National Parks & Other Protected Areas
- Shooting in National Parks and
other protected areas is inconsistent with the purposes for which
they were established.
- Shooting of feral animals by itself can only be justified
when there is clear scientific evidence available as to its effectiveness.
- Shooting of feral animals should only be done as
part of a broader strategy which includes other forms of control
such as baiting, trapping and habitat (eg warren) removal. Essentially,
shooting should be a final clean up operation, designed
to eliminate remnant populations.
- Feral animal shooting must be under the direct control
of the responsible authorities, which in the case of WA public land
would be the Department of Parks & Wildlife.
- Any shooting operation must be followed by routine
scientifically rigorous monitoring of the area to assess its effectiveness
and to ensure it remains free of those animals.
- Shooting of feral animals under the direct control
of the Department of Parks & Wildlife should only be conducted
in organised and coordinated operations after the risk to public
safety has been assessed by management (and where appropriate other
relevant authorities and users) and controls have been put in place
to minimise the likelihood of injury to participants and the public.
22nd November 2013
Updated 4th February 2014
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