SUGGESTED PROTOCOL FOR LAND CLEARING
 

3.30 The wildlife control operator should ensure that the project manager or developer understand fully the requirements of the Wildlife Protection and Management Plan, and request their sign-off on the plan.

Notification of unmanageable wildlife risk situations

3.31 In circumstances that result in wildlife risks that are unable to be adequately managed, the wildlife control operator has an obligation to notify both the developer and the appropriate local, state and Federal government regulatory authorities. For example: an approved development may cause an essential wildlife corridor to be severed or significantly affected, resulting in starvation or accidental mortality for isolated wildlife.

3.32 Unmanageable wildlife risk situations are serious animal welfare issues that may require intervention beyond the scope of the wildlife control operator with the developer, and it is essential that regulatory authorities are appropriately informed of such circumstances.

3.33 Notification of unmanageable wildlife risk situations should be made in writing in the approved form (Appendix 3), and submitted promptly to the appropriate local, state and/or Federal regulatory agency(s). A copy should also be submitted to the developer. 3.34 If possible, the wildlife control operator should attempt to identify potential unmanageable wildlife risk situations preemptively, by developing a sound knowledge of surrounding habitat and important ecological features.

SECTION 4: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

General Principles

4.1 It is the responsibility of the wildlife control operator to direct and/or take all reasonable steps to protect the welfare of wildlife that may be impacted by vegetation clearing, construction, operational works or design features of development sites.

4.2 In many cases this will necessitate the removal and relocation of wildlife to other suitable habitat, or temporary housing of displaced wildlife during operational works.

4.3 It is preferable to remove as much wildlife as possible prior to the commencement of vegetation clearing to minimize the risk of injury to animals during the clearing process.

4.4 Attention must be paid to all habitat strata (arboreal, terrestrial, leaf litter, etc.), as well as all taxonomic groups in the removal of animals.