More Rescues

Continuation from previous page of more varieties of different types of rescues. Also Thank you to Dr Mehreen Faruqi who questioned the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry in Parliament Legislative Council.

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Faruqi, Mehreen to the Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, Minister for Trade and Industry
1. What regulations or rules are in place regarding the use of padded jaw traps in New South Wales?
2. Are organisations required to record information about animals caught, including unintended animals, by padded jaw traps and who keeps and monitors these records?
3. How often are padded jaw traps required to be checked and who monitors this?
4. If padded jaw traps are not monitored daily, are organisations required to include a lethal trap device or lethal toxin to limit animal suffering?
a. If not, why not?
5. Is there any regulation on the sale, either online or in person, of traps?
6. Can padded jaw traps be set on private property without the property owner's permission?
7. Are the operators of padded jaw traps required to take injured wildlife to a veterinarian or contact a Wildlife Rescue Organisation for treatment?
a. Who monitors compliance with this?
8. When was the last scientific survey done on wild dog activity in the Glen bog region, where trapping is currently implemented?
a. What were the results of the latest survey?
Answer -
1. Padded jaw traps are permitted for use in NSW in accordance with best practice standards outlined in the national model Code of Practice for wild dog control and the relevant Standard Operating Procedure: DOG001: Trapping of wild dogs using padded-jaw traps.
2. Records associated with trapping performance are the responsibility of individual government agencies which undertake management.
3. In NSW, government trapping programs require at least daily checking of traps and it is up to individual management agencies to enforce this.
4. N⁄A
5. No
6. No
7. No. If an injured native animal is found in a trap, the animal is inspected for injury, open wounds are treated and the animal is released. If the animal is assessed as not being able to recover, the animal is appropriately euthanised.
8. Wild dog activity is studied collaboratively on a regional basis to collect data to inform Wild Dog Management Plans. These are coordinated on a regional basis by Local Land Services with the contribution of local public and private land managers including Forestry Corporation, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and local landholder representatives. Question asked on 3 May 2017 (session 56-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 103
Answer received on 7 June 2017 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 114
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Jaw Traps

Soft padded jaw traps are still legal and used extensively in State Forests by NSW Forestry Corporation and by private property owners to target wild dogs and foxes. Wallabies, wombats and other native animals are regularly trapped causing death. This Swamp wallaby was caught in Glenbog State Forest over an Easter long weekend. We managed to free her and her very small joey in pouch and brought them home for assessment and treatment. The mother had a dislocated hip, spinal injuries, compound fracture to her foot where the trap had worn through exposing her bones, and she was of course severely dehydrated, in excruciating pain and in shock. We still do not know how many days she was trapped? We could provide pain relief, fluid administration, clean and support her fractured foot but she died over night before we could get her to a Veterinarian. Her little joey also died as she was too small to survive without her mother.

Greater Glider

Animals in need of rescue are not always conveniently at ground level. This Greater Glider was high up in a tree impaled by a dead broken branch through his membrane. An extension ladder, climbing equipment and a head lamp were needed to rescue and bring him into care for treatment.

With bare hands

Opportunities for rescue can come and go very quickly and sometimes but not recommended, it’s a matter of just grabbing them with bare hands before the animal escape. This sick wallaby was hiding at the entrance of a wombat burrow in the Glenbog State Forest. After quietly assessing the situation, we decided to sneak up on her from above and grab her before she escaped into the burrow and out of reach. This time it paid off and she was safely brought to Jarake Sanctuary and treated promptly.


Animals can and will fall down old mine shafts or newly dug holes not covered appropriately. A simple tripod with a chain block and tackle attached and placed over the hole. A pouch, net, sling, stretcher or bosun’s chair can then be lowered into the hole to retrieve the trapped animal.

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