Kallista residents fight cockatoos invasion

Cockatoo is a fascinating and attractive bird, but sometime gives trouble too. Many residents of Kallista in Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges feel under siege by flocks of cockatoos. The birds are a big tourist draw card, but locals are tired of repairing the damage they cause.

Kallista resident Kate Hannan told ABC News, "We want to live in balance with nature, and with animals and birds, and we don't want to keep them at bay at all. At the moment it feels like that balance isn't there".

Some locals say the sulphur-crested cockatoos may have caused millions of dollars worth of damage throughout the ranges. They try a few ways to stop the damage caused by cockatoos but still cannot settle the problem.

More reading at ABC News , 28 August 2009

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