In a move that will surely have the greenies wringing their hands and knotting their knickers, the ACT Government has blocked plans by the Department of Defence to relocate mobs of eastern grey kangaroos from its former naval transmission station site in Belconnen.
Put simply this means the roos, and there are plenty of them, will be shot.
The president of the Queensland-based Wildlife Protection Association, Pat O’Brien, said the Rudd Government and ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope would face “significant national protest action” over the impending kangaroo cull.
The previous relocation plan was strongly opposed by ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and a number of scientists employed by the ACT Government as environmental consultants. In a ddition, a spokeswoman for the Chief Minister said the ACT Government had a long-standing policy of not supporting translocation of kangaroos.
“Defence is aware of the ACT Government’s policy and we continue to work together to find a solution to the overpopulation of kangaroos on the site,” she said.
And that solution seems all along to have been to shoot them, which suggests that not much work was actually put in to find a solution.
Personally I would rather that they weren’t shot and that they could be moved elsewhere as there is no doubt that the roos are now endangering other creatures that inhabit these areas. However, it appears that this is not going to happen.
The Canberra Times has the full story here.