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By Michael Reid - 13 May 2016 43

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Almost 2,000 kangaroos will be culled across the ACT starting on Monday to protect grassland and woodland sites.

Ten nature reserves will be closed  from mid to late afternoon until early morning over the coming months to allow a conservation cull of eastern grey kangaroos.

Daniel Iglesias, director of ACT Parks and Conservation, said the cull of up to 1991 eastern grey kangaroos was needed to protect biodiversity and maintain populations at appropriate levels to minimise impacts on other flora and fauna.

Mr Iglesias said government ecologists had taken into account the habitat requirements of grassland-dependent animals and plants.

“The numbers to be culled have been based on scientific kangaroo counts in each location,” he said.

“Culling of overabundant kangaroos is currently the most humane method of population control available to the ACT government as a responsible land manager.”

Vaccine trial

A fertility control vaccine is being tested as a potential non-lethal approach to managing eastern grey numbers. The two-year trial is taking place at several small sites across Canberra.

Mr Iglesias said ensuring the grasslands and woodlands were not overgrazed would protect threatened species and ecosystems, provide habitat for creatures such as lizards and ground-feeding birds, prevent excessive soil loss and maintain sustainable numbers of kangaroos.

“Every year we assess the population of eastern grey kangaroos at each site as well as take into account the quality of flora at each site to determine whether culling is required.

“Importantly, we also undertake the conservation cull in conjunction with other land management activities.

Other control measures

“Weed management and rabbit control is also conducted on each of the nature reserves where culling is being undertaken and ParkCare volunteers provide additional support through hundreds of hours of volunteer work.”

The 10 sites to be closed for the conservation cull are: Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Gungaderra Nature Reserve, Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land), Kama Nature Reserve, Mount Majura Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land), Mount Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, Mount Painter Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Nature Reserve, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and The Pinnacle Nature Reserve (and adjacent unleased land).

Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve, Gungaderra Nature Reserve, Kama Nature Reserve and Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary will be closed between 3pm and 7am each day.

The other sites will be closed from 5pm to 7 am each day. Sites will re-open from Monday 1 August 2016 or earlier if the program is completed sooner

Mr Iglesias said the cull would be conducted according to the relevant National Code of Practice.

Warning signs

Parks and Conservation Service staff will patrol areas to ensure the safety of the public.

Warning signs will be placed at all entry points to the reserves and surveillance cameras will be used to enhance public safety and detect illegal activity.

“I’d like to urge the public to be vigilant and report any illegal activity at affected nature reserves.

“Every year the ACT Government experiences vandalism and removal of warning signage which costs taxpayers’ money to repair the damage and disrupts the work of volunteer groups who help look after our parks.”

To report incidents of vandalism or suspicious behaviour please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

“Fines apply under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 for vandalising reserve infrastructure or entering closed reserves.”

The ACT government will use a proportion of the kangaroo meat to make baits for its wild dog and fox control programs.

 

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43 Responses to
let’s can the tram
dungfungus 9:30 am 16 May 16

gazket said :

Why not relocate some to Tidbinbilla also, I recently saw only three there a couple of months ago. You pay to go there and expect to see them.

So, because one person sees 3 animals, that’s somehow an accurate count? I was there last week and saw hundreds.
I don’t think most people realise what is involved in relocation.

I was with a group of 5 people and I heard others grumbling about it as well. Is that accurate enough for you?
What are the problems with relocation then?

dungfungus 9:28 am 16 May 16

Neil34 said :

In terms of numbers, how about culling some at Weston Park Yarralumla?

They are part of the fertility control trial

Obviously the condoms aren’t working.

Maya123 9:05 am 16 May 16

HenryBG said :

HenryBG said :

I see far more kangaroos than rabbits.

Probably because Roo’s are bigger…..maybe……

I was waiting for that presumption. No, I see some rabbits and the occasional hare, but far more kangaroos. I see a rabbit or two or three.. occasionally, but not whole hillsides covered in them as I do kangaroos.

Roksteddy 7:48 pm 15 May 16

Why not relocate some to Tidbinbilla also, I recently saw only three there a couple of months ago. You pay to go there and expect to see them.

So, because one person sees 3 animals, that’s somehow an accurate count? I was there last week and saw hundreds.
I don’t think most people realise what is involved in relocation.

Roksteddy 7:43 pm 15 May 16

Mysteryman said :

ACT Government is blaming the roos for a lack of grass across the nature reserves. However, there are rabbits all over them – including Mt Ainslie, despite a recent poisoning. I suspect it’s the bunnies rather than the roos that are at “fault” here.

Both add to the grazing pressure, hence control measures targeting both species

Roksteddy 7:41 pm 15 May 16

In terms of numbers, how about culling some at Weston Park Yarralumla?

They are part of the fertility control trial

rommeldog56 6:43 pm 15 May 16

HenryBG said :

I see far more kangaroos than rabbits.

Probably because Roo’s are bigger…..maybe……

HenryBG 2:16 pm 15 May 16

Rollersk8r said :

HenryBG said :

Mysteryman said :

ACT Government is blaming the roos for a lack of grass across the nature reserves. However, there are rabbits all over them – including Mt Ainslie, despite a recent poisoning. I suspect it’s the bunnies rather than the roos that are at “fault” here.

I see far more kangaroos than rabbits.

Duh, where do rabbits live?
Clue: Not in trees.

Ah, of course, it’s the kangaroos that live in trees.

dungfungus 12:06 pm 15 May 16

HenryBG said :

Mysteryman said :

ACT Government is blaming the roos for a lack of grass across the nature reserves. However, there are rabbits all over them – including Mt Ainslie, despite a recent poisoning. I suspect it’s the bunnies rather than the roos that are at “fault” here.

I see far more kangaroos than rabbits.

Duh, where do rabbits live?
Clue: Not in trees.

Maya123 7:02 pm 14 May 16

Mysteryman said :

ACT Government is blaming the roos for a lack of grass across the nature reserves. However, there are rabbits all over them – including Mt Ainslie, despite a recent poisoning. I suspect it’s the bunnies rather than the roos that are at “fault” here.

I see far more kangaroos than rabbits.

Masquara 6:31 pm 14 May 16

ACT Government is blaming the roos for a lack of grass across the nature reserves. However, there are rabbits all over them – including Mt Ainslie, despite a recent poisoning. I suspect it’s the bunnies rather than the roos that are at “fault” here.

dungfungus 10:36 am 14 May 16

I note the Mt Wanniassa area is not listed for closure, probably because there are not many left after the last cull.
In terms of numbers, how about culling some at Weston Park Yarralumla?
They are becoming a danger to tourists.
Why not relocate some to Tidbinbilla also, I recently saw only three there a couple of months ago. You pay to go there and expect to see them.

rommeldog56 9:34 am 14 May 16

Good. They are a danger to the Tram so have gotta go.

I nearly hit a roo at 12.30 in the afternoon a few days ago. Castleton Ave, Gowrie, near the school. It was coming from the oval heading north along a bike path. Luckily it was a 40kph zone near the school so more easy to avoid collision. There are often heaps of roo’s around there.

WamJet 8:39 pm 13 May 16

“They’ll soon be back, and in greater numbers”

There’d be plenty of land for the Roos if Andrew Barr stopped slinging land off to developers. The sprawl that is going on in the Territory at the moment is obscene.

No_Nose 5:18 pm 13 May 16

Plenty more where they came from.

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