Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Guy Fawkes Pest Cull leaves a giant horse population in the park

An aerial culling program in Guy FawkesNational Park that began today is required to overlook this park’s huge feral horse problem.  Horse numbers have exploded since the 2000 aerial cull and there displaced the other herbivores in the park.  After the Bees Nest fires, horses had eaten out the park.  Hundreds of horses were in a poor condition and many were dying of starvation.  

“Leaving a huge population of feral horses and shooting other pest species like goats and pigs doesn’t solve the pest problem for the threatened native herbivores in the park, such as the Rufous Bettong and Rock Wallabies.  There are just too many feral horses in the park”, Mr Keith Muir of the Colong Foundation said.

“Politics is in the way of sensible park management.  Imagine if a Minister banned farmers from controlling a pest species that was in plague proportions and cattle were dying out?  There’d be absolute political hell to pay.  Well our national park rangers are in that crazy position, but as public servants they can’t speak out,” said Mr Muir.

“Vast mobs of feral horses must be controlled by the only proven method there is, aerial shooting.  Enough of this every horse is sacred nonsense.  The park is totally overrun by horses and effective control is needed right now as part of the fire recovery program," Mr Muir said.

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For more info: Keith Muir mob 0412 791 404