Stray emu problem persists

EMUS continue to roam suburbia and put their lives at risk, despite the capture and return of two back to their natural habitat last Monday.

Lend Lease staff used bread to entice the emus back to the former ADI site after they were spotted stopping traffic along Dunheved Road.

Western Sydney Conservation Alliance president Geoff Brown has grave fears for emus that remain on the loose, following several sightings since last week.

‘‘They have no road sense and could be killed or cause an accident,’’ he said.

Lend Lease owns the former ADI site west of Ropes Crossing while a small section east of the site is owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Both parties point the finger at one another as to who’s responsible for keeping wildlife safe.

‘‘Lend Lease herded the emus towards the Penrith end of the site when they developed Ropes Crossing,’’ Mr Brown said. ‘‘They’re buck-passing. It’s quite clear the emus belong to Lend Lease, through fence holes or someone has left a gate open by mistake.’’

Penrith Greens councillor Michelle Tormey will call for a report into the tagging of emus.

‘‘We as a council should be working with Lend Lease to ensure they put their own resources into macrofauna management,’’ she said.

‘‘They should act in good faith and be more proactive in retaining the emus on their land.’’

She said the recent sightings of emus wandering around ‘‘isn’t normal’’.

Lend Lease is aware of more emus on the loose since last week’s capture.

‘‘We have agreed with [the] National Parks and Wildlife Service that we would accommodate on our land the recently spotted emus found in the local area,’’ a spokesman said.

‘‘We have an arrangement with the National Parks and Wildlife Service to relocate native wildlife to our land where appropriate.’’

He said it was difficult to ascertain where the emus originated and advice had been acted on not to tag them.

‘‘Native wildlife corridors exist within and around the local community, so it’s not uncommon to see animals near some roads,’’ he said.

Anyone who spots native wildlife in suburbia should contact WIRES on 1300 094 737.

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