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More than 4000 kangaroos killed in biggest cull ever

Ian Bushnell 26 July 2019 42
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Dry conditions meant this year’s kangaroo cull was the largest ever conducted. File photo. 

More than 4000 Eastern Grey kangaroos have been killed in the ACT’s largest cull to date, according to the ACT Parks and Conservation Service.

The Service’s Acting Director, Justin Foley, said this year’s cull was the largest undertaken in the history of the program in terms of numbers and sites to be targeted due to dry conditions across Canberra Nature Parks that have taken a toll on grassy habitats across many reserves.

A total of 4035 kangaroos were culled across an unprecedented 13 sites, with an ACT Government veterinary officer conducting spot checks during the program, finding they were all killed humanely.

“Many of these sites are challenging in that they are small reserves located on the urban fringe,” Mr Foley said. “It is a credit to the professionalism of the contractors and staff from ACT Parks and Conservation Service who were able to deliver the work safely and effectively.”

The reserves that were closed on 7 May are now open: Callum Brae Nature Reserve, Crace Nature Reserve, East Jerrabomberra Grasslands, West Jerrabomberra Grasslands, Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve, Gungaderra Nature Reserve, Kama Nature Reserve, Mulanggari Grasslands, The Pinnacle Nature Reserve, Mugga Mugga Nature Reserve, Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve, Mount Majura Nature Reserve and Mount Ainslie Nature Reserve.

The culls are conducted by professional shooters to protect grassland and woodland sites from overgrazing.

Last year 3253 roos were culled across the territory.

Advertised closures for Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve for rabbit eradication will continue through to October 2019.

Site name Number culled
Callum Brae Nature Reserve/ West Jerrabomberra Grasslands 584
Crace Nature Reserve 170
East Jerrabomberra Grasslands 344
Goorooyaroo Nature Reserve 680
Gungaderra Nature Reserve 283
Mulanggari Grasslands 90
Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve 377
Mugga Mugga/ Isaacs Ridge Nature Reserve 350
Mount Ainslie/ Majura Nature Reserve 1157
Total 4035

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42 Responses to More than 4000 kangaroos killed in biggest cull ever
Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:09 am 29 Jul 19

I wish they would cull some brown snakes as well.

Riordan Green Riordan Green 10:58 pm 28 Jul 19

Good! More of it needs to happen

David Preston David Preston 9:24 am 28 Jul 19

Susan Scheper they're easy to spot now Susan.

    Susan Scheper Susan Scheper 9:26 am 28 Jul 19

    David Preston oh nooo they’re killed?

    David Preston David Preston 9:27 am 28 Jul 19

    Yeah, numbers are too large so they cull them. Means kill them. Sad in a way but necessary. Pity we can't harvest them for pet meat at least.

Shane Richards Shane Richards 7:25 am 28 Jul 19

Now for another 4000...

    Michael Eager Michael Eager 10:03 am 28 Jul 19

    Shane Richards kangaroos have feelings to you know😉

    Michael Eager Michael Eager 1:22 pm 28 Jul 19

    Shane Richards sory gramma cing

Akipk Akipk 2:01 am 28 Jul 19

I wondered why I didn’t see any today. I was a little sad that I didn’t. The record number isn’t an achievement.

Shahzad Ahmed Shahzad Ahmed 12:23 am 28 Jul 19

No no no.

Phillip Scharf Phillip Scharf 10:32 pm 27 Jul 19

Good work

John Moulis John Moulis 4:29 pm 27 Jul 19

There’s a lot of criticism of the cull but it works. Each year prior to the cull Kangaroo Alley – the area of Athllon Drive between Beasley St and Sulwood Drive i is swarming with them but after the cull I can drive to the gym in the morning safe in the knowledge I won’t be involved in another near fatal accident involving ramming into them.

Applause for the people organising and implementing the cull. May there be many more.

Grace Gregory Grace Gregory 12:37 pm 27 Jul 19

About time.

Peter McDonald Peter McDonald 11:45 am 27 Jul 19

You wouldn’t know there are 4000 less. Very sad, but something has to be done I guess.

David Drady David Drady 9:27 am 27 Jul 19

That's 4000 less damaged cars to fix.

Kim KD Winks Kim KD Winks 9:20 am 27 Jul 19

Great work 👍👍👍👍

Jason McDonald Jason McDonald 7:22 am 27 Jul 19

Damien Kline... get into it

Shirley Boyd Shirley Boyd 10:38 pm 26 Jul 19

Disgusted. Easy solution.

rationalobserver rationalobserver 10:32 pm 26 Jul 19

A drop in the bucket.

Ches Boothman Ches Boothman 8:52 pm 26 Jul 19

Cheap meat at Coles lol 😆

    Philippe Macleod Philippe Macleod 8:08 am 27 Jul 19

    Ches Boothman Good point! I wonder if these “roo steaks” could feed some less fortunate Canberrans???

    Ches Boothman Ches Boothman 9:14 am 27 Jul 19

    Philippe Macleod sure could 👍

    LJ Tas LJ Tas 9:04 am 28 Jul 19

    Sadly the culled animals aren't allowed to be used for either human or pet food, I believe the zoo can take some (but not 4000), but they're normally buried in large pits and left to rot. I guess that feeds worms...

    LJ Tas LJ Tas 11:39 am 28 Jul 19

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6296272/act-government-sends-80k-of-roo-meat-to-tip/?fbclid=IwAR1Sg9GTv7W84lESR0XtPRU6ur4X9CouxAa9cUUAYj_PqFXxOlfsbbReaDk yes, they were all buried at the tip, you can already get cheap roo mince at coles, in the pet food aisle it's $4 a kilo in the big 3.2kilo bags

    Ches Boothman Ches Boothman 2:17 pm 28 Jul 19

    LJ Tas what a shame Surely something could happen so they are not wasted.

    All that effort just to rot

Scott Kesby Scott Kesby 6:20 pm 26 Jul 19

Zoo animals will be well fed for a while Ches Boothman

Philippa Ellis Philippa Ellis 6:03 pm 26 Jul 19

Richard Flanigan...that’s why we didn’t see any 🦘😢

    Scarlett Butler Scarlett Butler 8:57 am 27 Jul 19

    Philippa Ellis still hundreds at my place just out of town

    Julie Mylchreest Julie Mylchreest 9:21 am 27 Jul 19

    Really Philippa, they are all around my workplace and I still see them making their way through suburban streets.....I live in Belconnen.

Jacqui Read Jacqui Read 5:30 pm 26 Jul 19

Luke Dulihanty that's 4000 less 😢😊

Peter McMahon Peter McMahon 5:22 pm 26 Jul 19

Sue Patterson might explain a lot

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