Australia will cull over 1,900 kangaroos by August 1 in a bid to reduce its population as it can cause a “devastating impact on the local environment.
10 reserves across the Australian Capital territory will be closed each evening to allow the culling of up to 1,991 animals, ABC news reported.
Eastern Grey Kangaroos
An official made the announcement on an official meet where necessary steps are taken to control the population of kangaroo across Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
The announcement was made on its annual measure to control the kangaroo population. The culling of kangaroos will be done across Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Director of Parks and Conservation with the ACT government, Daniel Iglesias said it was necessary to curb the population of eastern grey kangaroos in the ACT.
“Over-abundant numbers of eastern grey kangaroo can have a devastating impact on the local environment,” an ACT official said.
“It can lead to de-vegetation and the complete degradation of certain areas if we let it go too long. This is not about eradication, this is about sustainable numbers of eastern grey kangaroos,” he added.
“We know that it can lead to de-vegetation and the complete degradation of certain areas if we let it go too long. This is not about eradication, this is about sustainable numbers of eastern grey kangaroos,” Iglesias added.
Researchers are also developing alternative methods like fertility drugs to control the population of eastern grey kangaroos. Scientists have started the trials of fertility drugs and are waiting for the results. It can make culling of kangaroos a lot easier.
A trial is currently underway to test the usefulness of fertility drugs as an alternative method of controlling kangaroo populations.
The cull is expected to conclude by August 1.
Almost 4000 kangaroos have been killed over the past two years as part of the ACT’s annual cull. This year the number is 1900.
An official said they had explored many options since 1998 to control kangaroo populations, including contraceptive implants, herding and relocation, but those measures had not been effective.
While animal activists are opposing the ACT’s annual cull program and are trying to protect the novel species that symbolizes the country. However, officials said that the step is being taken for the benefit of humans and environment.