Wild horse overpopulation is attacking Australia’s ecosystems, affecting endangered vegetation and animals.
More Australia to euthanize 10,000 wild horses with intention protect endangered plants and animals from the country. Although academic experts believe that the proposal may not be enough.
Research conducted National parks of the Australian Alps in 2019 dictated that the country overpopulation of more than 25 thousand horses wild (known as brumbie) that live between N.S.W., Victoria and Australian Capital Territory. This affects the habitat and some endangered species (some of which are found only in Australia).
in Kosciuszko National Park There are already over 14,000 Brumbies in New South Wales and they have become Invasive species which multiply very quickly and damage the country’s ecosystem.
Officials against scientists
One side, Australian wildlife They believe the plan (to kill just 10,000 horses) will protect the area while maintaining “ancestral value”; about brumbies, a concept related to a law that designates horses as culturally important to the park.
On the other hand, scientists are categorically against it. According to John Shinethe president Australian Academy of Sciencesshould be listen to science, the latest data and recommendations on how best to protect the park from significant damage caused by feral horses. He added that failure to do so would be disrespectful to the endangered native Australian ecosystems and species threatened by the brumbies.
At first it was supposed to reduce the power from 14,000 to 3,000 horsepower, but in the letter, scientists insisted on National Park and Wildlife Service in reduce the amount a lot more to be effective and thus be able to protect the entire park, not just two-thirds (as planned).
David Watsonecologist Mr. Charles Sturt Universitytold the magazine Nature what kind “The Government of New South Wales could not have chosen a worse place for wild horses to roam.” as the alpine region only covers 1% of the continent and is also home to a large number of vulnerable or endangered species. Some examples fleshy galaxy fish (Tantangara galaxies), alpine tree frog (Litoria verreauxii alpina) g toothy rat (Mastacomys fucus).
In addition, these wild horses also affect the vegetation and lead to overgrazing. “These areas are too fragile to be trampled on by large herbivores.” added Don Driscollecologist Mr. Deakin University.
AT The Australian Capital Territory considers itself zero tolerant of wild horses and has decreed that it will remove anything that goes beyond its borders, using methods such as shooting from aircraft. The third affected state, Victoria, is also planning to eradicate all brumbies that could endanger their state’s habitat.
The main and preferred method is move wild horses to private estates, but in addition to being time consuming, it is also very capital intensive. Since 2002, only about 1,000 Brumbies have been successfully resettled in New South Wales. In case this method is not possible, the authorities plan to conduct shoot horses from a helicopter (with trained professionals).
According to a survey conducted in Australia, 71% of respondents They believed it was necessary to end the overpopulation of the Brumbies if their ecosystems were to be protected.