Wednesday, 21 February 2007

An update...

Just received a letter from Brisbane's Lord Mayor, or at least his representative (can't make out the signature). In the Update from the 16 Feb I complained about the lack of response. Well, here it is:

Thank you for your letter of 22 January 2007 concerning Council's position on the protection of the Torresian Crow.

I realise that the loud noise generated in the places where the flocks of crows congregate is a city-wide problem, which is believed to be caused by three main factors:

  • Ongoing human disturbance to their natural habitat
  • The ready supply of food from sources such as open rubbish bins and road kill; and
  • The current drought

Council is working with residents to address the causes of the problem, such as open rubbish bins, in order to minimise crow numbers.

I am aware of the social and environmental problems caused by large, local populations of crows and would advise that Council has previously helped to fund research into suburban wildlife conflicts. Research has shown that culling is ineffective over medium term, that is, where environmental conditions remain conducive, the crow populations return within two or three years. Trapping and relocation has also been shown to ineffective, with crows flying more than 600km to return to the place where they were caught.

As you are aware, the Torresian Crow is a native Australian bird and is protected under the State Wildlife Legislation (Nature Conservation Act 1992). Should you continue to experience excessive nuisance conditions or have further queries regarding crows, I encourage you to contact the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for the management or protected wildlife on [+61 7] 3227 7111.

Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your concerns.

It seems it all hinges on the legislation that turned crows into icons. Without that constraint all these contortions would not be necessary. So it's back to Professor Darryl Jones from Griffith University. Several attempts at contacting him had been made in the past, all with no success. Nothing new here: true believers in their cause are always above the grit at ground level.

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