Brisbane City Council will act faster to remove aggressive birds after an investigation found five complaints about dangerous magpies before a tragic accident that killed a child in a Brisbane park.
the main points:
- The magpie was removed from Glendman Park after the death of a five-month-old girl
- The council had received five complaints about the bird during this year’s breeding season
- Under the new policies, council contractors will intervene earlier to remove aggressive birds
Five-month-old Mia died three weeks ago after sustaining serious head injuries when her mother stumbled and fell while trying to avoid a runaway bird in Glendman Park, east of Brisbane.
In a statement issued after the tragedy, baby “Mia”‘s parents, Jacob and Simon, said they were grateful for “the most precious little gift”.
“Mia has brought joy into everyone’s life with her infectious smile, pure innocence, and sweet laugh, and she will forever remain in all of our hearts.”
The incident sparked a huge outpouring of support for Mia’s parents, and brought in more than $140,000 in fundraising for the family.
The magpie was captured and taken out of the Brisbane area by council officers.
The board received five complaints
Brisbane Mayor Lord Adrian Schreiner announced a review of the council’s bird management policies shortly after the incident, and said on Tuesday that the council would become more proactive in weeding out dangerous birds following complaints.
Schreiner said he understood the relatives had arrived from New South Wales to be with Mia’s parents, and reiterated the community’s support for the family.
He said five complaints had been received about the bird in the weeks before Mia’s death.
He said certified wildlife officials will now be contracted to hunt dangerous animals and often remove them from parks.
Any evidence of aggressive behavior by animals would lead to calling these experts.
“Some people think swooping is just a natural response and these birds should be left alone. But in urban areas, like in parks and along footpaths, we always have to put people first.”
Bird pounce warning signs will also be increased and made more visible.
“I think the signage needs to be improved, to be more visible, and needs to be simplified to send a very clear message to the community that they are entering a location where there is a swooping bird,” Schreiner said.