Feral pests

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GuySmiley started the topic in Sunday, 30 Dec 2018 at 11:03am

Of the animal kind

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 7:12am

Actually I've had a pretty good go at eradicating cane toads from the 5 acres I live on.

For the first time in a few years this Spring I heard native frogs returning to the creek bed and low country.
Eastern Dwarf Tree frogs, rocket frogs and even a northern banjo frog.

Made life uncomfortable for foxes and do my best to discourage cats from hunting here.

Lots of ground birds now: Eastern rosellas, buff banded rails etc etc small insectivorous birds.
Lizards galore.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 8:19am

Any demarcation between species that deserve to live in Australia and those that don’t is based on human desire and aesthetics of the environment.....notthat there’s anything wrong with that.

I hate the idea of cats roaming the scrub hoovering up native animals, but theyre existence there is no less valid than any other animal. Introduction by the hand of man is no less valid than a bird shitting out the seed of a new species of plant.

I’d rather more feral cats than introduce more humans through greed driven economics. Cats have less impact on the local environment.

Personally speaking , as opposed to philosophical abstraction , I think ALL foreign animal species should be banned for ANY reason.

Zoos disgust me and even the keeping of pets rubs me up the wrong way a lot of times. Sure , people love their pets , but keeping a fish in a tank , a cat stuck inside a house or a dog locked in a yard for 90 percent of its life is nothing less than imprisonment and slavery....man.

https://youtu.be/0y7QhnjyDXU

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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 11:05am

I don't buy that line of argument at all @Blowin, you sure its not just all a philosophical abstraction for you?

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 2 Jan 2019 at 11:37am

what if you take three stray cats, give them the best of vet care, spey them and keep them in your house with warm, comfy surrounds? or, you pick up a starving dog and do the same and that dog becomes your morning and evening walking companion and at night takes up way too much space on the couch?

or you get a dog from a puppy mill that's at the end of her money making life, giving her more love in a day than she's had in her sad little lifetime?

it's not the animals man, it's the fucking humans.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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uncle_leroy commented Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019 at 12:58pm
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GuySmiley commented Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019 at 5:38pm

http://www.warrnamboolpenguins.com.au

What about pest eradication on our islands as a start?

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019 at 5:57pm

absolutely.

fuk dem foxes and rats on the islands.

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Rabbits68 commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 12:58am

FR76 "I hate the idea of cats roaming the scrub hoovering up native animals, but theyre existence there is no less valid than any other animal. Introduction by the hand of man is no less valid than a bird shitting out the seed of a new species of plant.
I’d rather more feral cats than introduce more humans through greed driven economics. Cats have less impact on the local environment."

Back in the early 80's on surfing missions down south, a mate & I used to camp at the Yallingup tip (green waste section). We were young and he owned a crossbow. Late at night, comfortably stoned, we would hunt feral cats. It was hardly fair, there were literally 100's of them, some of them very scary looking, fukn big, with long hooked teeth. The destruction to the local native wildlife these things must of caused (and still do) would be untold. Feral pests have got to go, cats included. Unless you prefer feral cats to native birds, lizards, snakes etc etc etc...…...

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amb commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 2:32pm

Sounds good in theory Uncle Leroy re cash for toads, but have you ever heard of "The Cobra Effect". i suggest a google search.

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uncle_leroy commented Thursday, 10 Jan 2019 at 3:28pm

I didn't put opinion to it as being good or bad re:cash for toads, maybe toads for paychecks has a better ring to it

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GuySmiley commented Sunday, 13 Jan 2019 at 12:25pm

Above in this forum I mentioned peoples poor behaviour in an internationally significant chain of wetland reserves.

Today ........

One series of lakes connect upstream to a major network of waterways and at the other end it flows into the sea. The bottom lake is tidal.

Between the bottom tidal lake and the next upper lake the National Park service have installed a fish ladder to allow fish to travel up and down stream. Today it was low tide so water was flowing down the fish ladder from the upper lake to the bottom tidal lake.

Usually under these tidal flow conditions pelicans gather on the lower lake at the fish ladder and feast on the fish coming down stream. Not today. Some dickhead had netted the fish ladder and when I saw him had 1/3 of a large esky full of fish 2" - 3" long!!!!

Before calling him out and getting him to return the fish to the water I video him in action and took photos of him, his car and its rego and sent them all by text to Fisheries. The dickhead is going to get a massive fine.

It's these sorts of events that inform my view that the heavy hand of the law needs to enforce the protection of the environment.

...... meanwhile inland from Bega over Christmas

https://www.theage.com.au/national/nsw/even-feral-cats-bury-their-waste-...

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GuySmiley commented Sunday, 20 Jan 2019 at 6:09pm

In the ongoing war for air supremecy above our block ....
Kookaburras are chased relentlessly by the noisy and Indian mynas but left alone by the magpies and butcher birds.
The magpies and butcher birds have an alliance to share food and to attack the Indian mynas at every opportunity. The adult male magpie is back to his cantankerous self taking every opportunity to harass the Indian mynas. Good lad.
The noisy mynas have moved on until the bottlebrushes flower.
Meanwhile the pigeons, bell minors, wrens, fantails, honeyeaters big and small, parrots and owls fleetingly come onto the block for water.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 20 Jan 2019 at 6:18pm

I’m not a fan of killing a feral animal because it doesn’t have an invite to the party , but I can say that I’ve got it on very good authority that those bastard Myna’s don’t enjoy being pelted with rocks till they find somewhere else to humbug every other bird.

Sounds like you’re in an epic spot , Guy.

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simba commented Sunday, 20 Jan 2019 at 6:29pm

Good on ya GS ,fukin dickheads spoil it for everyone.Theres a creek nearby here that was raped a couple years ago by some pros who dragged a net down the whole creek at 4 in the morning......part of the national park i might add....its still recovering.

simba

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Blowin commented Sunday, 20 Jan 2019 at 6:31pm

That Jan 13 post is heavy , Guy.

Netting a fish ladder...there’s no end to the extent that some crew will go to establish their credentials as a prize fuckwit.

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tubeshooter commented Sunday, 20 Jan 2019 at 10:12pm

I live next to the bush too , Guy Smiley. The shifting hierarchy with the native birds is fun to watch . Post nesting season in my area usually means some nasty battles with the in laws . The young ones can't interbreed so pairings with the neighbours will often test boundaries .Most notably with the kookaburra's,, because they express their disdain quite vocally , but sooner or later they reach an agreement and life goes on.
The kookies here run the show ,, they often take shit up to a point , but then when it goes too far they can get quite nasty to other birds.

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truebluebasher commented Monday, 15 Apr 2019 at 11:58pm

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Just as Qld Pollies were to destroy the world now Goldy top ends NT headlines.

Gold Coast #1 Oz fuck up crown is ours! No.1 No.1 No.1...Suck Easter Eggs Oz.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6920187/Hilarious-moment-kangar...