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Better watch out for the maggies!

By Big Al - 23 August 2006 54

Local ABC 666 was reporting at their mid-day bulletin that another outcome of the ACT Governments tough budget will be that Environment ACT (or Urban Services or whatever their called now) will no longer be dealing with problem or nuisance magpies. Seems that previously if you got jack of a magpie swooping you every time you left the house you could call a hotline and a nice man from the Government would come around with a slug-gun and dispose of the nuisance bird.

Vicki Dunn has apparently been quoted as saying that this is yet another example of the kind of services that Canberran’s will have to get used to living without because of the Stanhope Governments incompetent financial management.

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Better watch out for the maggies!
johnboy 3:17 pm 23 Aug 06

The problem isn’t that people can’t take care of the magpies, it’s that up until now the Government has preferred to relocate them rather than have them killed.

Obviously The Stanhope Government has decided they’d rather go back to the old ways.

LurkerGal 3:09 pm 23 Aug 06

Canberra is also a country town…..

Big Al 3:09 pm 23 Aug 06

AD if you bring aa to this thread I will hunt you down and feed you to the ants….

Absent Diane 3:08 pm 23 Aug 06

yup this nation is breeding a bunch of wimps… I blame JW Howard and all his over protectiveness with terrorists and stuff..

okay well thats a bit over the top and a blatant off topic attempt… that I will now retract.

Big Al 3:06 pm 23 Aug 06

I think it’s symptomatic of the very urban existence we share here in Canberra and the fact that we – as a population it seems – feel that ‘someone’ should come and fix all myriad of problems rather than getting on with it ourselves.

I recall, years ago, speaking to a ranger who had just shifted from ACT Parks to the NSW NPWS across in Queanbeyan – she told me that one of the good things about working in Queanbeyan was that she very rarely got called out to deal with snakes. In Canberra, when someone sees a snake in their yard their first response is to call the Government and have someone come and take it away – rangers were kept busy with snake duties all through the warmer months. Her belief was that in Queanbeyan, people felt capable of dealing with it themselves – either by just ignoring it until it moved on or by getting a shovel from the shed and dispatching the scaly beastie themselves – she put it down to Canberra being a city and Queanbeyan being a country town.

che 3:06 pm 23 Aug 06

feeding them strips of meat just gives them a taste for blood

Mr Evil 3:01 pm 23 Aug 06

My God, they’re only aggressive for a few weeks a year, and that’s usually because people are arseholes and provoke them by throwing shit at them. Kids need scarring up a little anyway, and what more Australian way than by having a magpie take a chunk out of your temple?

We’re breeding a nation of soft little wankers, and the ANZACS would be appalled.

I’ve never met a magpie that I didn’t like. 🙂

Thumper 2:40 pm 23 Aug 06

I used to love wandering around as a kid waiting for a maggie to swoop me.

It scared the willies out of us, but man, it was so much fun…

Swaggie 2:35 pm 23 Aug 06

Lob a brick at the bloody things – stop farkin about with people from the Gvmt coming to sort out our lives for every little trauma. If you have kids hang around with them like you’re supposed to remember.

Absent Diane 2:34 pm 23 Aug 06

apologies for making the worst joke ever… I just couldn’t resist…

I actually got swooped last year for the first time in about 15 years.. it shocked me a little… the worst thing is these maggies are nesting on the walk to the pub.. so I can’t exactly tame them..

James-T-Kirk 2:26 pm 23 Aug 06

Untill you move, then they will get narky at the others who are still there. Especially the children, who cant defend themselves.

Us adults can pick up a stick, and take a swing back, but the 3 year olds simply get attacked.

Shouldn’t be protected in my books.

Absent Diane 2:25 pm 23 Aug 06

then when the magpies are feeding people can capture them and kill them and make MagPie

Thumper 2:23 pm 23 Aug 06

Just feed the little buggers strips of meat and they’ll love you for life….

barking toad 2:20 pm 23 Aug 06

Just expanding on an idea someone posted in another thread – seeing as the roo carcasses aren’t being collected, if you’ve got a swooping problem, collect a carcass and drop it where the maggies are nesting.

The maggies will love you for the food source and, in theory, stop swooping.

That is my theory and it is mine, cough, cough.

James-T-Kirk 2:19 pm 23 Aug 06

Wo Hoo,

Next one injured gets to sue the local council.

At least various councils in QLD have taken action against dangerous palm trees, lest they drop coconuts on an unsuspecting tourist…

At least the govmit here could do the same for those pesky birds.

But if it gets bad enough, I can post the instructions that my Daddy showed me to build yer own ‘problem solvin’ maggie shoota… Worked back before there was a govmit to worry about.

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