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Watch out Skippy, here comes the cull

By johnboy - 18 June 2010 21

kangaroos[Photo courtesy of the ACT Kangaroo Management Plan]

The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has added to their website a Q&A on kangaroo culling.

Halfway down the page is the announcement that from this Saturday 19 June to 31 July those shooters who have passed “a recent accuracy test administered by the Australian Federal Police, as well as pass a challenging macropod identification test” will be loose in the Canberra Nature Park.

Apparently 1890 is the magic number of roos to go.

Someone somewhere is digging a big hole to put them in.

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21 Responses to
Watch out Skippy, here comes the cull
cleo 5:09 am 19 Jun 10

54-11 + 1

54-11 3:36 pm 18 Jun 10

With a proper strategic approach, there would easily be enough roos in the Territory to sustain a proper industry that can supply all these animals to restaurants or for other uses. The skins, meat and by-products all have far more value than the cost of just burying them.

Stanhope, put it out to tender (allow for say 5,000 per annum across all public land) and see what the return is.

Makes absolute sense, whether you’re a greenie or not. Otherwise it is just expensive waste to be disposed of.

James-T-Kirk 2:49 pm 18 Jun 10

damien haas said :

Are we really serious about a bush capital, or are all ’empty’ spaces seen as potential house blocks ?

Its a discussion we need to have.

We have a capital in the ‘bush’ style – just as long as the space can pay for itself it is welcome!

ConanOfCooma 1:56 pm 18 Jun 10

Good riddance. They are in plague proportions, stupid beyond reasoning, and despite the fact that they look good, they taste like shit.

We are talking about the pollies, yeah?

damien haas 1:37 pm 18 Jun 10

I was driving past Crace and noticed a large mob of roos cavorting among the surveyors pegs and just begun new roads and house blocks.

Are we really serious about a bush capital, or are all ’empty’ spaces seen as potential house blocks ?

Its a discussion we need to have.

fgzk 1:32 pm 18 Jun 10

Between 60 and 80tons of rotting carcasses. That’s a big hole full of blood and bone.

p1 12:33 pm 18 Jun 10

johnboy said :

Well, once we start doing that why have an ACT PS at all?

Think strategically!

Well, I’d hate to put the ACT pollies out of a job. On the other hand, have you seen the monkeys that run NSW?

johnboy 11:27 am 18 Jun 10

p1 said :

Because there is no way the ACT could possibly entertain the idea of borrowing the arrangements in place in NSW for the regulation of a commercial ‘roo shoot? Considering the relatively low number of kangaroos being culled, I would have thought something could be arranged.

Well, once we start doing that why have an ACT PS at all?

Think strategically!

gospeedygo 11:17 am 18 Jun 10

Its what they didn’t show in that new tourism ad.

luther_bendross 11:15 am 18 Jun 10

All your rotting carcasses are belong to us.

p1 11:11 am 18 Jun 10

johnboy said :

Given the relatively low number of kangaroos being culled, and the high costs of establishing, administering and monitoring a commercial operation, it would not be cost-effective for the ACT Government to enter the commercial industry.

Because there is no way the ACT could possibly entertain the idea of borrowing the arrangements in place in NSW for the regulation of a commercial ‘roo shoot? Considering the relatively low number of kangaroos being culled, I would have thought something could be arranged.

fgzk 11:00 am 18 Jun 10

To manage a resource effort needs to be put into understanding the resource. I think you may find that the research into Kangaroo numbers and their control are based on very basic information. The Government has lied about its methodology before. It is worth questioning how they produced their numbers. Where is the science. Can you trust it.

S4anta 10:52 am 18 Jun 10

I want to meet a hunter who fails the macropod identification test.

johnboy 10:48 am 18 Jun 10

From the qanda:

What will happen to the carcasses?
The kangaroo carcasses will be buried. As with Tasmania, Victoria and the Northern Territory, there are no commercial kangaroo harvesting arrangements in the ACT. Given the relatively low number of kangaroos being culled, and the high costs of establishing, administering and monitoring a commercial operation, it would not be cost-effective for the ACT Government to enter the commercial industry.

p1 10:45 am 18 Jun 10

Once again, I fail to see how a government who like to espouse environmental practices can not insist that maximum resources are extracted from the culling of these animals. At the very least the meat could be going into pet food, if not human consumption. Doesn’t putting them in a hole in the ground contradict the NoWaste policy?

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