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A proposed cull of wild horses in the Kosciuszko National Park is being scrapped and any future culling will be outlawed under plans from the New South Wales government.It is estimated 6000 brumbies live within the Kosciuszko National Park and conservationists have long argued they damage the sensitive environment.But culling the animals has always proved controversial.A 2016 draft Wild Horse Management Plan handed to the NSW Government recommended reducing the number of horses in the park by 90 per cent over 20 years, primarily through culling.It would have left roughly 600 horses within the park.That plan will not go ahead, and the government will instead look to pass legislation to protect the animals.Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro said the cultural significance of the brumbies needed to be recognised.“Wild brumbies have been roaming the Australian alps for almost 200 years and are part of the cultural fabric and folklore of the high country,” Mr Barilaro said.He said the “Brumbies Bill” would put an end to any suggestion the animals should be culled.“The heritage management plan will specifically prohibit lethal culling of the brumby, aerial or otherwise, and will identify those areas in the park where brumbies can roam without causing significant environmental harm,” Mr Barilaro said.“If brumbies are found in highly-sensitive alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park, resources will be allocated towards relocation first, followed by re-homing, should population numbers grow too high.“I have always opposed cruel forms of culling and have advocated for non-lethal ways of managing brumby numbers.The bill will require all future plans of management for Kosciuszko National Park to consider the cultural significance of the horses.“Kosciuszko National Park exists to protect the unique environment of the Snowy Mountains, and that unique environment includes wild brumbies,” Mr Barilaro said.A community advisory panel will also be established to inform future policy on the brumbies, and more research will be done to provide more accurate population figures.But the plan appears to be out of step with recent advice from the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee, which recently took steps towards listing habitat loss from brumbies as a “key threatening process”.Dr Graeme Worboys from the ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society said the horses simply do not belong in the national park, at least in their current numbers.“Wild horses are introduced stock animals,” he said.“Too many are trashing Kosciuszko’s wetlands, streams and catchments across the entire park.”Despite his concerns about horses within Kosciuszko, Dr Worboys had lent his support to the previous cull plans which maintained a place for the animals in the national park.“The original draft plan was developed as a compromise document after extensive, diverse input,” he said.“It received my support despite knowing the 600 horses recommended would still cause impacts.“It only takes a couple of horses and time to trash a wetland.”Mr Barilaro said the bill would be introduced in the NSW Parliament next week.Copyright © 2020 The New Daily.
"This is on top of the drought that also saw many horses perish and the numbers decimated." The Invasive Species Council said Kosciusko National Park was under pressure from brumbies and the NSW government had failed to act effectively and humanely to control the population.
It said brumbies in the park increased by 23 per cent each year despite trapping. "If the population is not carefully managed, we risk unacceptable impacts to the environment and cultural values of the park. Mr Kean had previously said it was important to listen to the science, and that feral animals including horses were one of the biggest threats to national parks. Kosciuszko National Park Brumbies.
"There is strong scientific evidence that [wild horses] are damaging the park's fragile alpine and sub-alpine environment," he said.
Mr Barilaro claimed the December 2019 aerial survey of wild horse populations in the park was "questionable" and called for a new survey to be undertaken before any culls. Deputy Premier John Barilaro with wild horses in Kosciuszko National Park at the announcement last year he would protect them. "This is on top of the drought that also saw many horses perish and the numbers decimated." Please contact us for details about brumbies for sale. Please try again. "There is strong scientific evidence that [wild horses] are damaging the park's fragile alpine and sub-alpine environment," he said. "Sign up to receive our Breaking News Alerts and Editor's Daily Headlines featuring the best local news and stories.news, environment, John Barilaro, Kosciuszko National Park, brumbies cull, wild horses cull, Matt KeanDeputy NSW Premier John Barilaro has called for the suspension of the removal of wild horses from the Kosciuszko National Park, labelling it "reckless".
And now the Australian Alps National Parks have just released another flawed count of Brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park - allowing those who want Kosciuszko’s Brumbies to face slaughter to use this data to push for another bloodbath. In comparison to Walers, brumbies in Kosciuszko are not genetically distinct from most other feral horse populations or domestic horses. It has been unable to even stabilise the population, let alone reduce it," it stated on its website. Our grateful thanks for your help. Last year, Mr Kean had previously said it was important to listen to the science, and that feral animals including horses were one of the biggest threats to national parks. "The current NSW trapping program is extremely costly, inhumane and ineffective. Search real estate for sale or rent anywhere in Australia from licensed estate agents on NSW scraps plan for massive cull of Kosciuszko brumbiesRuby Princess inquiry finds ‘inexplicable’ errors in handling of coronavirus cruise passengersScott Morrison apologises for aged-care coronavirus response‘Go hard, go early’: NZ extends virus measures as cluster expandsUpbeat CHO declares Victoria has ‘seen the peak’ of virus crisisRiders scatter as hailstorm strikes final climb in Tour de France lead-upDonald Trump stokes Kamala Harris ‘birther’ conspiracy It has been unable to even stabilise the population, let alone reduce it," it stated on its website. In a letter to NSW Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean, Mr Barilaro said the proposed cull of 4000 brumbies, due to get underway next month, was a "causing great distress within the local community".Mr Barilaro, who is also the Nationals state member for Monaro, said the wild horse population in Kosciuszko National Park had been affected by the recent bushfire season and called for a new survey.
"Feral horses trample and eat large amounts of alpine and sub-alpine plants, foul wetlands, erode streams, spread weeds, create a vast network of tracks and threaten the safety of motorists. "In my region the brumbies are cherished and there is no doubt that the population of wild horses are also significantly impacted," he said. That survey estimated there were 19,000 wild horses in the park.