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The Mayor v. Skippy. It’s personal now

By johnboy - 6 June 2013 41

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With not a month gone since Mayor Rattenbury was assaulted by a Kangaroo to world notoriety it’s intriguing his department has now announced an expanded cull:

The ACT Government wishes to advise that a conservation cull to reduce overpopulation of Eastern Grey Kangaroos and protect biodiversity in some Canberra nature reserves will be undertaken this Winter.

“The conservation cull of up to 1,455 eastern grey kangaroos is needed to maintain populations at appropriate levels to minimise impact on other flora and fauna,” said Daniel Iglesias, Director of Parks and Conservation.

“The impact of overgrazing on our grasslands and grassy woodlands and the species that rely on them, such as the Grassland Earless Dragon, the Striped Legless Lizard and the Button Wrinklewort, can be easily seen in the deterioration of our nature reserves.

“The numbers to be culled have been based on scientific kangaroo counts in each location. This is then compared to what ACT Government ecologists establish as the sustainable carrying capacity for each area, taking into account the habitat requirements of grassland dependent animals and plants.

“Ensuring the grasslands and woodlands are not overgrazed will 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.

“The conservation cull will be conducted according to a strict Code of Practice that has the endorsement of all relevant authorities including the RSPCA. Rangers and security staff will patrol areas to ensure the safety of the public with warning signs also being installed at all entry points to the reserves.

“This year we will be using up to 20% of the kangaroo meat to make baits to use in our wild dog and fox control programs. This is in response to community concern that kangaroo meat was going to waste.

They’ve also produced a lengthy Q and A to convince you and sent us the above photo taken at The Pinnacle to demonstrate both roo numbers and what the grass could look like if the hoppers are kept off.

At the risk of invoking Godwin let’s hope they’re not working towards the Fuhrer.

What’s Your opinion?


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41 Responses to
The Mayor v. Skippy. It’s personal now
Endrey 4:48 pm 06 Jun 13

Hmm…up to 20%. Why not say up to 100%?

That way you still include the possibility of zero and get to sound far less wasteful.

Thumper 3:25 pm 06 Jun 13

EvanJames said :

Thumper said :

Mr Evil said :

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered…

I would add, lazy and cheap to the mix though.

There’s no need to be rude. What did the toads do to you?

(sorry, couldn’t resist).

Well, they are toads 🙂

Watson 3:16 pm 06 Jun 13

So what evil motives are behind this despicable slaughter conspiracy then? No one gains from it financially as far as I can see.

And it sh!ts me to tears when people suggest that green or environmental means having to save anything and everything from death no matter what. It takes courage to kill the cuddly to save the ugly, I say. Don’t start me on so called nature lovers saving orphaned joeys from culls and hand raising them. It puts the mental in environmental…

And the reason why they cannot make it into a commercial activity is because to make that viable they would then have to meet a certain quota each year, I believe and they wouldn’t want to commit to that. There’s something about that in the CT article, but I’m in a hurry so can’t go find it now.

MrBigEars 2:02 pm 06 Jun 13

Mr Evil said :

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered by the Kangaroos consuming so much pasture, yet the same authorities seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that bulldozing half of the Molonglo/Murrumbidgee River corridor for ‘cheap’ housing is probably worse for whatever poor critters are out there.

Absolutely. Land release and biodiversity protection are competing priorities. That doesn’t change the fact that biodiversity values WITHIN the reserve system have to be protected, which falls on the Parks mob, who don’t have a great deal of say in the release of land.

crappicker said :

I do not believe the numbers quoted by ACT government ecologists in their proposal for this year’s slaughter in ACT nature reserves (

I hope you kept records and your methodology, and look forward to reading the research paper in the future. Without physically demonstrable data, it’s just competing ideologies shouting at each other. Science is not pantomime. (Oh Yes It Is!)

EvanJames 1:58 pm 06 Jun 13

Thumper said :

Mr Evil said :

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered…

I would add, lazy and cheap to the mix though.

There’s no need to be rude. What did the toads do to you?

(sorry, couldn’t resist).

EvanJames 1:54 pm 06 Jun 13

Mr Evil said :

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the ACT’s scientific culling of Kangaroos is starting to sound as convincing and well researched as Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling operations?

It’s not starting to sound like Japan’s scientific whaling, it’s been dodgy from the start.

The Science: Jeez, there’s a lot of roos in that paddock. One almost hit my car! I heard a guy at work hit one last week. There’s too many of them! Let’s have a Scientific Cull.

Mr Evil said :

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered by the Kangaroos consuming so much pasture, yet the same authorities seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that bulldozing half of the Molonglo/Murrumbidgee River corridor for ‘cheap’ housing is probably worse for whatever poor critters are out there.

Sssssh. You’re using logic again. We don’t like that. Fact is, if they build over 100 acres with housing, then it stands to reason they have to have more Scientific Culls as now there’s less grass for the kangaroos. and more residents whose cars must be protected from them.

Plenty of roos out my way, I think I surprised about 100 of them last night, not seeing any starving though. Feed is not plentiful (the rain will help with that, in about a week), it’s winter after a dry season, but they are quite good at ferreting out grass. And unlike our introduced grazing animals, and rabbits, they don’t graze down to the soil.

Thumper 1:16 pm 06 Jun 13

Mr Evil said :

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the ACT’s scientific culling of Kangaroos is starting to sound as convincing and well researched as Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling operations?

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered by the Kangaroos consuming so much pasture, yet the same authorities seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that bulldozing half of the Molonglo/Murrumbidgee River corridor for ‘cheap’ housing is probably worse for whatever poor critters are out there.

I wouldn’t argue with that thought.

I would add, lazy and cheap to the mix though.

crappicker 12:57 pm 06 Jun 13

I do not believe the numbers quoted by ACT government ecologists in their proposal for this year’s slaughter in ACT nature reserves (CT 02/06/2013: huge roo cull call aims to kill 2000). I walk daily through the Wanniassa Hills Reserve (WHR) and adjacent government horse paddocks and last month carried out systematic counting of the kangaroo population over a five day period. I am not an ecologist, but as a well-trained field geologist/geophysicist I can count, can locate myself on the map, and can distinguish rocks from trees and kangaroos. In my opinion there are no more than a few hundred kangaroos resident in WHR, that is about one fifth of the 1133 quoted by the government ecologists and about half of the 400 proposed for culling. There are substantial kangaroo mobs in the adjacent government horse paddocks, but these mobs have shown reluctance to take up residence in the WHR after last year’s slaughter near the boundary fence. I see no reasonable ground to include these mobs in the WHR count, inadvertently doing so would not even come close to the 1133 number quoted by the government ecologists. WHR may have escaped yet another slaughter this year, but its inflated kangaroo count queries the justification for the wider culling program in ACT nature reserves. Kangaroo slaughter in the ACT was started in the Stanhope era. It is disappointing that Shane Rattenbury has not shown the spine to steer this cruel slaughter program around towards fertility control. As an incoming green minister with an impressive environmental action record I had expected otherwise.

Mr Evil 12:55 pm 06 Jun 13

Is it just me, or does anyone else think the ACT’s scientific culling of Kangaroos is starting to sound as convincing and well researched as Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling operations?

I also find it’s interesting that they state that the ‘Greater-Eastern Legless Horny Beer-Drinking Toad’ is endangered by the Kangaroos consuming so much pasture, yet the same authorities seem to turn a blind eye to the fact that bulldozing half of the Molonglo/Murrumbidgee River corridor for ‘cheap’ housing is probably worse for whatever poor critters are out there.

AAMC 12:38 pm 06 Jun 13

I am surprised that they are still claiming that the cull is too small for financial gain i.e. justifying the lack of appropriate use/consumption of the culled animals. I’m no expert but 1,455 animals seems like allot to bury in the ground. I would suggest that this is not an economic restriction but a jurisdictional regulatory restriction that the legislative assemble is unable or unwilling to rectify.

gungsuperstar 10:48 am 06 Jun 13

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Except in this case – its best served roasted medium rare with a side of veges.

EvanJames 10:42 am 06 Jun 13

The fauna that the roos adversely impact is humans and their cars.

460cixy 10:37 am 06 Jun 13

Need to shoot more then that to make a dent on the bastards

bundah 10:25 am 06 Jun 13

Retribution will be swift,off with their heads!

MERC600 10:22 am 06 Jun 13

” hey ,, watta can I say .. youz don’t a fk-a with the mayor,,, kapeesh !

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