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Draft Kangaroo Management Plan available for your consideration

By johnboy - 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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Draft Kangaroo Management Plan available for your consideration
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proofpositive 2:37 pm
17 Mar 09
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To save people a lot of reading here is the summary of available options:

* steak
* roast
* sausages
* mince
* pet food

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Clown Killer 2:58 pm
17 Mar 09
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I love Kangaroo’s! I just don’t think I could eat a whole one …

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housebound 3:40 pm
17 Mar 09
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Is there any cross-over in this with the Grasslands Inquiry?

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p1 4:29 pm
17 Mar 09
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‘Roos eat grass, so the more ‘roos the lower the grass fire risk.

But, ‘roos are tasty.

It is a conundrum.

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monomania 6:50 pm
17 Mar 09
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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.

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Whatsup 6:54 pm
17 Mar 09
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Kanga Bangers… yummmmm !

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baueran 8:30 pm
17 Mar 09
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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.

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sepi 8:34 pm
17 Mar 09
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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.

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bigfeet 9:44 pm
17 Mar 09
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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.”

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Jivrashia 10:03 pm
17 Mar 09
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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?

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bigfeet 10:19 pm
17 Mar 09
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Well they are stocked at Coles, Woolworths, IGA and Supabarn just to name a few.

And most butchers stock them nowdays as well.

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bd84 10:43 pm
17 Mar 09
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tktktk

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

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imarty 8:55 am
18 Mar 09
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FC 9:01 am
18 Mar 09
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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.

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johnboy 9:14 am
18 Mar 09
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Fortunately for all of us, kangaroos are crap at lunatic ninja training.

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