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Wildlife officers successfully relocate problem cassowary

12 August 2016

Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have captured and relocated a cassowary which attacked and knocked over a man at Tully Gorge Road on Monday, 8 August 2016.

The man is reported to have suffered cuts and bruises in the attack but was not seriously injured.

EHP understands the adult male cassowary was a regular visitor to the area and was also reported to have been seen attacking the windows of houses.

Wildlife officers sedated the bird and placed it in one of EHP’s specially designed cassowary transport boxes for an overnight stay at the Garners Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Centre on Tuesday.

It was successfully released in a remote section of Wooroonooran National Park on Wednesday (10 August).

It is likely that the cassowary’s behaviour was a result of having been fed by humans.

Wild animals which have learned to associate people with food can become aggressive when food is not provided which is why EHP urges people not to feed cassowaries.

People living in or visiting cassowary territory can help protect these important and beautiful birds by:

  • Retaining vegetation on properties as cassowary feeding grounds and corridors
  • Being careful when driving, slowing down and avoiding the animals
  • Restraining domestic dogs
  • Never feeding the cassowaries, especially on the side of the road where they might be hit by passing cars, and
  • Letting cassowaries find their own food.

Sick, injured and orphaned cassowaries should be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372.

More information on cassowaries is available at: www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species/endangered/endangered-animals/cassowary.html

Last updated
12 August 2016