SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR LAND CLEARING
 


insured wildlife control operator is not immediately available, then the animal may be encouraged to move off the site, with due care and attention paid to minimizing the stress or danger to the animal, subject to the following criteria being met:

a) the animal can be easily encouraged to move back into safe habitat without capture or undue interference or distress; and
b) suitable habitat is easily able to be reached by the animal; and
c) there are no proximate risks (such as busy roads) to the animal’s safety; and
d) there are no other apparent reasons to require the animal’s capture (such as significant injury or illness).

For example: if Canada geese are grazing on grassland (the development site) which is adjacent to an area of secure wetlands or ponds, and no proximate danger is apparent (such as a busy road), then the geese may be carefully encouraged back into the wetland or pond area prior to the onset of operational works.

1.12 However, if a potential risk or danger to an animal is apparent (such as proximity to a busy road), or an animal would more appropriately be captured and translocated, then a licensed and insured wildlife control operator or governmental wildlife officer must be engaged to manage the situation.

1.13 Notwithstanding section 1.12 above, if a wildlife control operator is not available within a reasonable timeframe, then a developer may contact the local or regional office of the appropriate local, State and/or Federal regulatory agency, for direction on an alternative course of action that will comply with the Provisions of the Suggested Protocol

Use of wildlife control operators for development activities or processes

1.14 Licensed and insured wildlife control operators must be used in all circumstances requiring, or likely to require, or cause:

a) the capture or removal of wildlife as required by the code (except as exempted by virtue of section 1.11 of the code, above)
b) the preparation of a Wildlife Protection and Management Plan
c) the destruction or modification of an essential wildlife habitat or habitat feature, or a wildlife corridor
d) any impact, either through operational works, or by virtue of the design or functioning of a development after completion, that is likely to have a significant adverse effect on a wild animal or wildlife population

For example: if a development will require the construction of a road (which is likely to become busy) through a wildlife habitat, or if, by virtue of the development, an existing road is likely to bear a significant increase in traffic, then the engagement of a wildlife control operator and the preparation of a WPMP is required for compliance with the code, even if the road is not part of the development or site.