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.
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.