• Australia's Feral Camel Populations Drop

    By AFOP, July 25th 2012

    Australia’s feral camel population has fallen by 250,000 over the last several years due to prolonged droughts and culling. An estimated 750,000 feral camels now roam across the desert heartland of Australia, according to The Australian Feral Camel Management Project. Feral camels roam freely across a 3.3 square kilometre (1.3 million square miles) area that covers parts of Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

    Camels are not native to Australia and were first introduced to the vast country in 1840 to help explorers travel through the Australian desert. Since this time, their populations have risen drastically and this increase has caused conflict with farmers and land owners. 85,000 of the 250,000 camels lost over the last few years have been culled because they have been blamed for causing environmental destruction of agricultural pastures and farmlands, wetland ecosystems and Aboriginal territories. The Australian Feral Camel Management Project estimates that the camels cause over $10.6 million USD in damage each year.

    An alterative option to killing camels as a means of population control would be to use birth control methods, giving female camels drugs to render them infertile or sterilising them. Another method of camel management would be to create exclusion fences around farmland and valuable ecosystems so that the camels are unable to access these areas and damage them, so as to avoid human-animal conflict.

    BBC News- Cull and drought hit feral camels

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    1 Comment

    • 1. Oct 22 2013 10:25AM by Thomas B

      Why don't we eat them ?