Business 101: the first step to achieving a goal is to assess its feasibility and cost. That this is often neglected for conservation goals is symptomatic of a serious deficit of intent. Take the invasive species target of Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy – to reduce invasive species impacts on threatened biodiversity by 10%. There has…
Feral horse numbers are expanding across the Australian Alps and in parts of Queensland, NT and WA where they cause immense ecological damage. Despite this, governments have been unwilling to reduce horse numbers.
Funding recreational hunting as a primary method of control is a waste of taxpayers’ money. At best, hunters can supplement more effective methods of feral animal control or provide control in small, accessible areas.
South Australia is doing some great work on feral animal control, including the world’s largest island eradication program. In mid-May I joined a South Australian Government seminar to learn more about their feral animal control programs. Claimed to be the largest in the world, a goat and deer eradication program on Kangaroo Island is close to claiming success. After eight years…
In October the NSW Parliament passed legislation abolishing the NSW Game Council in response to the backlash against the proposal for recreational hunting in national parks. While the abolition may see the end of the counter productive influence on feral animal control by the NSW Game Council, the fear is that recreational hunting may now…
Western Australia is actively considering allowing recreational hunting into their national parks. The Invasive Species Council draws on the latest research and experience to warn of the potential dangers.
Solving the problem of feral cats in the Australian environment will require long-term, well-resourced steps. But with the right will, it can be done.
Moves by federal and state governments to change the way Australia manages high impact pests and diseases has set our alarm bells ringing. Are our governments looking at hoisting the white flag on all but a few popular causes?
We’ve argued for a greater focus on the eradication of new and emerging invasive species in the current NSW pest animal management review.
Feral deer are probably Australia’s worst emerging pest problem, causing damage to the natural environment and agricultural businesses.
Imports of hybrids and variants of existing pests and weeds could worsen Australia’s environmental problems yet there is little regulatory attention.