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Monday, 12 November 1973
Page: 3173

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   Has bis attention been drawn to the recent slaughter of wedge tailed eagles in Western Australia because of the belief that they were endangering livestock.

(2)   If so, can he say whether this belief is well founded and the slaughter necessary.

(3)   Will he have an investigation undertaken into the true facts and confer with State authorities.

Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   and (3) I understand that an instance of the shooting of wedge tailed eagles in the northern areas of Western Australia has been reported in a Western Australian newspaper and that the Western Australian Department of Fisheries and Fauna are seeking advice on the matter through their district warden.

At present the wedge tailed eagles are not protected under the Fauna Conservation Act of Western Australia and in pastoral areas they are still declared vermin. However, CSIRO is conducting research into their general ecology and their role as predators and this situation will be reviewed when a report of their investigation is available. In the meantime fauna authorities are satisfied that the bird is not endangered in the State of Western Australia.

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