Army Of Shooters To Kill More Than 10,000 Camels From Helicopters In South Australia
Professional shooters have been given the go-ahead to undertake a mass cull of feral camels in South Australia.
The Australian reports the animals have been 'wreaking havoc' and have been drinking up loads of the water supply as the state goes through the drought.
The call for the cull came from managers of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, who are fed up with the camels' presence in the region.
Marita Baker, board member of the APY executive told The Australian: "We have been stuck in stinking hot and uncomfortable conditions, feeling unwell, because the camels are coming in and knocking down fences, getting in around the houses and trying to get to water through airconditioners."
The APY has been given the green light for an army of shooters to take to the skies in helicopters to eradicate some of the camel population from today. There are around 1.2 million camels in Australia and many of them are concentrated in the country's centre.
They were introduced to our sun blessed country in 1840 and the population has exploded ever since, despite culling efforts in 2009 and 2013.
A South Australia Department of Environment and Water spokesperson told news.com.au: "For many years traditional owners in the west of the APY Lands have mustered feral camels for sale, but this has been unable to manage the scale and number of camels that congregate in dry conditions.
"This has resulted in significant damage to infrastructure, danger to families and communities, increased grazing pressure across the APY Lands and critical animal welfare issues as some camels die of thirst or trample each other to access water.
"In some cases dead animals have contaminated important water sources and cultural sites."
The Australian reports that the road to getting the mission greenlit hasn't exactly been smooth. A group of Christian Aboriginal communities reportedly weren't happy with the idea because camels were regarded as sacred.
Eventually they were able to get around those concerns and argued that the cull was vital to the survival of people in the region.
The cull is expected to run over the next five days.
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