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HABITAT LOSS, SHOOTING, CARS, DOGS, FENCES ARE THE REAL STORY BEHIND CANBERRA KANGAROO NUMBERS AS NEW ‘CULL’ SET
Kangaroos in the ACT persist in anything approaching natural densities in only 15 percent of their former habitat, according to a 2014 report. This exposes as false, government claims to the public that kangaroos are ‘overabundant’ and in numbers that top the nation and therefore it’s OK to kill them.
Regional Friends of Wildlife says the report shows much of what is told the public and the media about kangaroos in the territory is false and propaganda, to justify an unethical and unnecessary government experiment in removing most remaining kangaroos from the city landscape.
The 2015 cull is set to begin on 1 May with another one approved for 2106.
“Already, and particularly when they are finished with this next two rounds of culling, most Canberrans and their overseas visitors will no longer see a kangaroo anywhere near the city, except in Queanbeyan and out in the national parks,” said Regional Friends member and President of the Animal Justice Party Steve Garlick.
“This is a huge loss to the citizenry and to tourism but also a tragic injustice to a kangaroo species that is willing and able to co-exist with us and provides ecosystem services such as native grass seed dispersal and lowering bushfire danger through grazing,” said Professor Garlick noting that the reserve managers now bring in cows to do that task.
The 2014 report by field ecologist Ray Mjadwesch was prepared for the ACT Administrative Appeals Tribunal (ACAT) case disputing the 2014 licenses to kill kangaroos.
It shows that compared to the Eastern Grey’s former range, including leasehold farmland:
Eastern Grey Kangaroos are extinct from 26.6% of the ACT, due to land use changes (city and urban areas, and heavily modified rural landscapes.
Kangaroos are under pressure across 29.9% of the ACT, due to agricultural activities including loss of habitat (pine plantations), culling on private rural leases and shooting in reserves.
Kangaroos persist in anything like ‘natural’ densities in intact habitat in only 15.2% of the ACT.
28.3% of the ACT is unsuitable habitat for EGK due to steep terrain, incorrect vegetation types, etc.
“This work suggests that Eastern Grey Kangaroos may have experienced an overall decline across at least 56.5% of the ACT, including total extinction from over a quarter of their former range,“ said Garlick.
“The temporary higher densities people may have seen in some reserves like Goorooyaroo are very much related to housing estates popping up next door on their former range in Gungahlin.”
Regular shooting by nearby leaseholders may also have driven more animals to the seeming sanctuary of urban reserves.
Contact Prof Steve Garlick 0428 88 05 64; 6238 1533
ACT’s misguided lethal “management” of kangaroos
The decision to kill nearly 2000 eastern grey kangaroos across 10 nature reserves is a bid to “protect biodiversity and minimise impact on critical grassland and woodlands”, according to ACT “ecologist” Daniel Iglesias.
It’ cruel and blatant hypocrisy.
Kangaroos are native animals and that’s why they should be safe on “nature reserves”! Protect biodiversity – when they are biodiversity and not a risk to “critical grasslands and woodlands”! Do these junk scientists think they are feral pests?
Kangaroos need Wildlife corridors through which they can move and live.
It is human impact that is causing imbalance and grief to Australia’s kangaroos. Have we learned anything? Maryland
The Great Eastern Ranges Corridor would stretch from just outside Melbourne to the Atherton Tableland in far north Queensland. Call for giant east coast green corridor,16 Jul 2010.
Great Eastern Ranges Corridor
A New South Wales Government report has recommended a 2,800-kilometre conservation corridor be established along Australia’s east coast. The Great Eastern Ranges Corridor (GER) would stretch from just outside Melbourne to the Atherton Tableland in far north Queensland.
A report issued by the New South Wales Environment Department says the zone contains 64 per cent of endangered plants and 59 per cent of endangered animals in the state. National Parks spokesman Ian Pulsford says plants and animals need a large landscape to help them survive as the climate changes.
“Plants and animals don’t necessarily respect the boundaries of the national parks – they need much bigger habitats. We need the whole landscape functioning well and contributing to conservation of our precious biodiversity.”
Environmental scientist Professor Brendan Mackey, who wrote the report, says the corridor is “incredibly important from a national perspective. It contains the ecosystems which are most important in terms of providing fresh water to our major cities,” he said.
The Great Eastern Ranges corridor extends 3,600 km along the Great Dividing Range and Great Eastern Escarpment from the western Victoria to far north Queensland. It contains Australia’s longest chain of mountainous landscapes and areas of intact habitat. Spanning an area of 33,000,000 hectares and covering 14 bio-regions, the corridor contains three World Heritage Areas, the world’s greatest concentration of primitive rainforest flowering plants, and Australia’s largest and tallest old growth forests.
National Parks Association of NSW, NPA, has been instrumental in shaping the vision of the GER Initiative over many years. They recognise that through connectivity conservation ensures that national parks, travelling stock routes and other key habitats form part of a healthy, connected landscape and society.
The GER corridor forms the watershed and headwaters for the major rivers in eastern Australia, directing runoff either towards the coast or inland. It ranges widely in elevation, and includes Australia’s highest mountain (Mt Kosciuszko – 2228 metres).
The prospect of corridors creating problems is well recognised by scientists. It was an issue raised by the CSIRO in a submission to the 2012 Draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan. The NSW Environment Trust, an independent body established by the NSW government to fund conservation, will no longer fund new corridor projects until the risks have been assessed by asking a question: “Will connectivity exacerbate the spread of weeds, pest species, diseases or catastrophic events (such as fire or floods)?”
Risks of wildlife corridors?
Rather than feral animals and noxious weeds, the threat to corridors are aggressive infrastructure and planning agencies in three levels of Government, and the land development/housing industry. The urban myths of balanced development and unsustainable offsets can no longer be credible.
Corridors are a long term tool for persistence of species and populations, provided that the threats to native species that they potentially facilitate are addressed properly. the AWPC support the position that the benefits they provide should outweigh the negatives.
Where are the real scientists and ecologists defending ACT’s native kangaroos?
Canberra, the ACT and adjacent areas in NSW, are ‘hot spots’ for motor vehicle collisions involving kangaroos. NSW police have attended far more collisions in the Yass-Goulburn-Queanbeyan area than anywhere else, including other NSW country towns and rural districts. In Canberra, rangers commonly record more than 1,000 roadside kangaroo attendances per year, and estimate there are twice as many collisions as attendances. This is not reducing the kangaroo populations, nor is the annual increase in the number of collisions due merely to expansion of Canberra and increased numbers of cars. The rate of motor vehicle collisions involving kangaroos (per registered vehicle) has been increasing significantly.
We suggest the so-called “conservation” killing of kangaroos, the hypocritical concern for biodiversity and the health of grasslands, is pure green-washing, thinly disguising a more mundane reason for the mass shootings! It’s about insurance claims and vehicle accidents. It threatens urban expansion!
Sadly, there are few genuinely independent ecologists working in Australia today, but those who are independent all seem to agree that Eastern Grey Kangaroos are in deep trouble. Given the availability of well-known non-lethal kangaroo management methods and the lack of wildlife corridors, it’s time for ACT residents to reflect on whether the moral direction provided by ministers Rattenbury, Corbell and Barr is really what they are prepared to rely on. – Professor Steve Garlick, Bungendore, NSW.
The ACT government cannot come up with a more humane way of regulating our kangaroo population than by giving them the bullet?
One of the Animal Justice Party’s policies on kangaroos is to:
-Buy land from landholders in areas where wildlife corridors are needed for kangaroos to traverse to safe locations.
-Mandate overpasses, underpasses and exclusion fences and wildlife corridors for new developments where kangaroos and other wildlife live, along with more road signs warning people to slow down at dawn and dusk and drive carefully in road kill hotspot areas.