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Draft Kangaroo Management Plan available for your consideration

By 19 March 2009 39

[First filed: March 17, 2009 @ 11:14]

Our Chiefly Leader, Jon Stanhope has announced the release of the Draft ACT Kangaroo Management Plan.

From the ES:

    Culling of kangaroos on rural leases has been undertaken under a licence system since 1998. The plan provides for the continuation of this along with the strict requirements for a shooter’s licence.

    Kangaroo–vehicle collisions remain an intractable problem as no technique has proved effective in significantly reducing incidences. The plan outlines the three main categories of mitigation techniques: modifying road attributes; modifying animal behaviour; and modifying driver behaviour. The plan proposes more consideration of fencing and underpasses along high-risk roads. The plan gives close consideration to the question of commercial kangaroo harvesting in the ACT, but concludes that due to a range of significant constraints this will not be pursued in the foreseeable future.

    The plan notes that there are entrenched conflicts over kangaroo management in Australia, especially with regard to commercial harvesting. There is a belief, on the part of some, that kangaroos (i.e. the harvested species) are on the brink of extinction.

    However, the latest edition of The Mammals of Australia (2008) shows that all of the harvested species are assessed as being common or abundant.

Both the policy, and the CM, appear to be trying to have their bets each way on this.

Submissions on the Plan will be accepted up to close of business 11 May 2009. Comments should be forwarded:

    by Post to:
    Senior Strategic Planner
    Research and Planning
    Parks, Conservation and Lands
    Department of Territory and Municipal Services
    GPO Box 158 Canberra ACT 2601

    via Email to: ParksConservationAndLands@act.gov.au
    Ensure ‘Kangaroo Management Plan’ is entered in the subject field of your email.

UPDATED: The RSPCA’s ACT CEO, Michael Linke, has noted that it’s a very long document which they need to take some time reading, but his initial comments are:

    RSPCA believes the document to be comprehensive in nature and appears to have explored all of the issues associated with kangaroo management.

    RSPCA is pleased that the government has shown a clear commitment to animal welfare throughout the document.

    RSPCA scientific staff will review the document in more detail over the coming weeks and prepare an appropriate submission to the ACT government.

FURTHER UPDATE: The ABC brings word that the Greens are supporting the plan, leaving the anti-cull lobby quite isolated. No mention yet on the Greens’ web site.

ANOTHER UPDATE: It doesn’t matter how well you consult, research, and deliberate the issue. If you’re going to put a bullet into skippy it’s going to upset all the world’s media. Even The Times (the real one in London, not our local offering) is running with it and leading with the Wildlife Protection Association of Australia’s lonely opposition.

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39 Responses to Draft Kangaroo Management Plan available for your consideration
#1
proofpositive2:37 pm, 17 Mar 09

To save people a lot of reading here is the summary of available options:

* steak
* roast
* sausages
* mince
* pet food

#2
Clown Killer2:58 pm, 17 Mar 09

I love Kangaroo’s! I just don’t think I could eat a whole one …

#3
housebound3:40 pm, 17 Mar 09

Is there any cross-over in this with the Grasslands Inquiry?

#4
p14:29 pm, 17 Mar 09

‘Roos eat grass, so the more ‘roos the lower the grass fire risk.

But, ‘roos are tasty.

It is a conundrum.

#5
monomania6:50 pm, 17 Mar 09

We should regard Kangaroos as eco-terrorists. Get the Army out to sharpen up their snipers and reduce their numbers to manageable levels before they take over, leap through our bedroom windows and eviscerate us with one swipe. From my observation they have been getting bigger and more stroppy every year. And it won’t be long before they turn on us. Perhaps even become carnivorous.

#6
Whatsup6:54 pm, 17 Mar 09

Kanga Bangers… yummmmm !

#7
baueran8:30 pm, 17 Mar 09

In Germany it is common to tie Compact Discs (yes, CDs!) with short, invisible cords to the branches of trees and bushes along the road. In the night, these reflect the car’s lights long before the car is near the reflecting CDs and keeps the deers off the road, or rather alerts them to move before it’s too late. It is amazingly effective and I would guess it would work with Kangaroos as well. At least, I see no reason why it shouldn’t. However, I have not seen this on Canberra roads before.

#8
sepi8:34 pm, 17 Mar 09

That sounds interesting.

Unfortunately Kangaroos have a natural defence mechanism of doubling back when they are being chased, to confuse whatever is chasing them. When they are hopping away from a car, this often means they jump right in front of it.

#9
bigfeet9:44 pm, 17 Mar 09

baueran said :

In Germany it is common to tie Compact Discs (yes, CDs!) with short, invisible cords to the branches of trees and bushes along the road. In the night, these reflect the car’s lights long before the car is near the reflecting CDs and keeps the deers off the road, or rather alerts them to move before it’s too late. It is amazingly effective and I would guess it would work with Kangaroos as well. At least, I see no reason why it shouldn’t. However, I have not seen this on Canberra roads before.

Whilst it may be decrease the number of wildlife related accidents, I think it would actually increase the number of accidents occuring. It doesn’t take much to distract a Canberra driver.

“Hey! Look, something shiny.”

#10
Jivrashia10:03 pm, 17 Mar 09

proofpositive said :

To save people a lot of reading here is the summary of available options:

* sausages <——–!!!

Whatsup said :

Kanga Bangers… yummmmm !

Guys, are you serious in saying that there are roo snags??
If so I’d LUV to try one.
Where does one get them?

#11
bigfeet10:19 pm, 17 Mar 09

Well they are stocked at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Supabarn just to name a few.

And most butchers stock them nowdays as well.

#12
bd8410:43 pm, 17 Mar 09

tktktk

what’s that skippy? you don’t want to end up as steak sandwiches? oh..

#13
imarty8:55 am, 18 Mar 09
#14
FC9:01 am, 18 Mar 09

I hope lunatic ninja trained Kangaroo’s jump through your bedroom windows and jump all over your house, f*%king things up and giving you hell.
I just hope it is you all, not the kangaroo that comes off second best this time.

#15
johnboy9:14 am, 18 Mar 09

Fortunately for all of us, kangaroos are crap at lunatic ninja training.

#16
peterh9:26 am, 18 Mar 09

what i don’t get is why you would call the plural of deer, “deer”.
not deers.

re the cull, problem that we will have is the numbers of roos that won’t be used for consumption, pets or anything else vaguely meat related.

they could always market roo fert, 100% australian made…

#17
imarty9:28 am, 18 Mar 09

What about sheep, or fish?

#18
FC9:28 am, 18 Mar 09

johnboy said :

Fortunately for all of us, kangaroos are crap at lunatic ninja training.

Yes, they have always been better at boxing.

#19
Skidbladnir9:34 am, 18 Mar 09

Sweet jesus.
I try to avoid reading The Times normally, but this article (“Activists hopping mad over plan for kangaroo cull in Canberra) is all over the place in terms of content, shows a lone kangaroo in a location which is clearly not Canberra, and then they go on to how there aren’t enough kangaroos in Western Australia, which is in a completely different climatic zone.

Apparently Canberrans all at risk of being terrorised in our beds by the roaming legions of home-invading kangaroos on our streets (using the lone example of last week), instead of hitting the ones on the roads with out cars which happens nationally at fairly regularly, and according to the same survey this article is based on, happens to 17% of Canberrans in a year.
It also goes on to imply that all Australians should be having a say in how Canberra manages its kangaroo population.

#20
Thumper9:46 am, 18 Mar 09

Roo steaks, Woolies.

Delicious.

#21
BerraBoy6810:26 am, 18 Mar 09

Skidbladnir said :

Sweet jesus.
I try to avoid reading The Times normally, but this article (“Activists hopping mad over plan for kangaroo cull in Canberra) is all over the place in terms of content, shows a lone kangaroo in a location which is clearly not Canberra,

LOL, Skid. Last time I was in London there was a pic of a roo on the front page of the The Sun newspaper under the headline ‘Roo Plague Hit’s Australia’. The caption under the headline said the pic was of a roo sitting on the green of a Perth Golf Course. I had to laugh as Campbell Offices was clearly visable in the background, and from the angle the pic was taken in the paddock near the airport.

On topic – I know of a few ACT locals who carry knives under the seats of the 4WDs in case they hit a roo while driving. They then carve off a leg or two from the dead animal for fresh dog meat.

#22
BerraBoy6810:27 am, 18 Mar 09

Oh, and the rogue apostrophe in the word “Hit’s” in my previous post was my error, not the Sun’s.

#23
Pommy bastard10:48 am, 18 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Kangaroo–vehicle collisions remain an intractable problem as no technique has proved effective in significantly reducing incidences.

Why bother with a cull, just take some road side fences away.

#24
Primal10:59 am, 18 Mar 09

This thread is making me hungry.

#25
Gobbo11:55 am, 18 Mar 09

Pommy bastard said :

Why bother with a cull, just take some road side fences away.

And then we can have some beef and lamb with our roo steaks.

Yum-o.

#26
Gungahlin Al1:23 pm, 18 Mar 09

If you’re going to put a bullet into skippy it’s going to upset all the world’s media.

FFS this isn’t a question of protecting nature (at least from the roo perspective). The artificial farming landscape has created perfect breeding conditions for certain native species, to greater or lesser extents in different locations. Roos in lots of places, noisy miners just about every damn where, even wombats in some places.

And the explosions in population are just as artificial as the conditions that lead to them.

But the damage to the natural environment that results from these artificial situations is often serious, and entirely warranting of an artificial management solution.

The problem is that certain groups and individuals, aided and abetted by sectors of the media that relish anything with polar positions, can’t see past the fact that roos are large and furry, therefore making them apparently far more important than any other living thing that is either smaller, more scaly, or doesn’t take an “aw gosh” photo.

Farmers all over Australia cull thousands and thousands of roos every year in order to maintain sustainable populations, more often than not sacrificing significant proportions of their business’s production to keep roo populations present. But we hear nothing about that. What the hell is so different about it happening in Canberra??

#27
smee2:45 pm, 18 Mar 09

Was driving behind a Volvo once when they hit a roo. Don’t know who came off best, as they both died (the car and the roo that is, the driver was ok).

Two birds with one stone I thought…

#28
Granny3:39 pm, 18 Mar 09

I voted for tea and cuddles and marmalade.

#29
Granny3:40 pm, 18 Mar 09

Ooh, I’m a protagonist! That rocks!!

#30
Furry Jesus4:25 pm, 18 Mar 09

proofpositive said :

To save people a lot of reading here is the summary of available options:

* steak
* roast
* sausages
* mince
* pet food

Add Roo Wellington. Had some at Bite to Eat at Chifley last week, and it was delicious.

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