Brumbies to be culled under draft plan for Kosciuszko National Park

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Brumbies to be culled under draft plan for Kosciuszko National Park

The 2016 plan was not implemented due to opposition from Nationals leader and local member John Barilaro, who instead successfully championed the passage of the so-called “Brumby Bill” that would protect the exotic animals in a national park. arranged.

“This draft plan takes into account the views of both the Scientific Advisory Panel and the Community Advisory Panel, with all elements of this document having been approved by the two sides,” Mr Barilaro said Friday.

Wild horses on the long plain in the Kosciuszko National Park. Credit:Nick Moir

“This is an issue that is close to the hearts of many, and it is extremely important that we find not only a way forward, but the right way forward, so please provide your feedback,” he said, adding that the plan is open stood for public feedback until Nov. 2.

According to the latest plan, about half of the national park currently free of horses will remain that way. Another 21 percent of the park will remove horses. The horses will continue to graze in areas totaling about a third of the park, such as the Kiandra Plains.

Catching and rehoming horses will be a method of control, just like shooting on the ground. However, aerial shots are not part of the plan because there is a “significant risk” that its implementation “will result in the loss of the social permit to remove wild horses from the national park,” the draft plan states.

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“Airborne shooting is underway across Australia to target wild herbivores,” said Mr Tresize.

Peter Cochran, a former Nationals MP and brumbies advocate, said the “devil will be in the details when drafted by the National Parks & Wildlife Service”.

“negligence on [Mr Kean’s] failing to comply with the law on behalf of three years [caused] ongoing unnecessary community conflict,” he said.

“The legislation is designed to diffuse community conflict, provide a workable management plan and protect the horses and cultural heritage.”

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