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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:41 pm 
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Well, I'm not very fond of Mynahs but I do wonder about the fairness of "erradicating" them. After all, they were introduced here by people. Not that I have an alternative. Just seems a bit nuts that we create a problem and then make another species take the punch while we sort it out.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:48 pm 
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If we define fair or unfair by looking where people influenced the outcome we'll never stop talking and debating issues. Bottomline is, they are destroying ecosystems wherever they go so to be fair we should be eradicating them wherever they go in my opinion.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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gjorgi wrote:
Bottomline is, they are destroying ecosystems wherever they go ........

Just like humans?


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Dear 'mites;

I have sent an email to our Scientific Services Department to assist with this query. Will post here once I get a reply.

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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Thanks Lesego. It will be interestimg to see the official plan/status.

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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Hi Lesego, any feedback yet from the Scientific Services Department? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Just on our recent visit in Olifants camps I saw a notice on the board outside reception asking visitors to report any sightings of them immediately, so it seems they are aware of the problem.
Another topic Common Mynah

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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:48 pm 
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They are definitely aware of the problem, of that I can assure you, but unfortunately there is not a definitive spot where to go and find them and get rid of them as they move around quite a lot.

One can log the sighting now and by tomorrow or in a couple of days when a ranger tries to investigate spot, well we all know how birds can be and wont be at the spot.

That, and there are more important things happening in the KNP at the moment than to spend time chasing after Myna.

I am sure they will be tending to it, and hopefully pull in some Honorary Rangers to help deal with this issue.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:55 pm 
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DD, the Indian Mynah is one of the important things happening in KNP at the moment!!


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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I agree, but I am sure the rhino situation trumps the Myna situation currently.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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DotDan wrote:
I agree, but I am sure the rhino situation trumps the Myna situation currently.


Don't think that one needs to be dealt with at the expense of the other? :hmz:
Both are issues of concern


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Sheesh, that is not what I am saying.. :roll:

I am a big birder, and the Myna problem in KNP is of concern to me yes, but hell man, to say that it is on the same level of importance as the slaughtering of Rhino.... No.


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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Hi DotDan, the way I am looking at is if we do not nip it in the bud we could face a disaster but I am looking forward to the reply from SANparks

Rhino Poaching started with 13 in 2007 and went up to 83 in 2008 then 122 in 2009.

We should have killed the problem back then.

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 Post subject: Re: Indian Mynah's in Kruger
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Sharifa wrote:
Hi DotDan, the way I am looking at is if we do not nip it in the bud we could face a disaster but I am looking forward to the reply from SANparks

Rhino Poaching started with 13 in 2007 and went up to 83 in 2008 then 122 in 2009.

We should have killed the problem back then.

Yup. The Minahs are still at a stage where one could conceivably do something about it, and they don't seem to have had an effect on indigenous bird populations yet.

There could not be a better time to do something about it.


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