Bullet for mapgie?
MANGLER the Magpie may get the bullet if a complaint comes into Clarence Valley Council about his behaviour.
Council's manager development services Clem Rhoden said if the bird's behaviour convinced the National Parks and Wildlife Services it was a danger to the community, it would be shot.
The magpie in question lives in the area near Riverside Dr, South Grafton, where it has been terrorising residents, park users, cyclists and pedestrians for about six weeks.
Mr Rhoden said if the NPWS issued council with a licence to destroy the bird, a council ranger would identify it and shoot it.
He said rangers and NPWS staff would monitor the bird for some time before making a decision on its future.
NPWS spokesman Lawrence Orel said killing a bird was a last resort when dealing with swooping magpies.
"Because they're a territorial bird that sets itself up in a good area for magpies, when a bird is removed another one will move in quickly to take its place," Mr Orel said.
He said this magpie's swooping behaviour, while unusual in starting so early, could be related to the mild winter the region has experienced.
"He might think spring has come early and has started the nesting behaviour," Mr Orel said.
He said magpies acted on instinct and could not help their behaviour.
"Humans on the other hand can change their behaviour and do things like avoid areas where magpies swoop people," he said.
"It's only for a few weeks or a month every year."
Online swoop zone map
The Daily Examiner has created an online map of magpie swooping zones in Grafton and South Grafton. If you know of a problem magpie, email newsroom@ dailyexaminer.com.au and we will add it to the map. See the map at dailyexaminer.com.au.