Post by de chucka
Post by Ördög Post by de chucka Post by Ördög
And currently they are intending to do something very similar in the
Snowy Mountains with the brumbies which are regarded as feral pest.
They are a feral species and do damage the alpine environment. The
streams in the Kosciuszko National Park are a known giardia risk and
have been for years because of people crapping in the wilderness.
Post by Ördög
They have requested an opinion from my speleological society on the
possible impact on the environment of the mass culling, which we have
denied on competence grounds. However, we have expressed concern
about the possible impact of the mountains of decomposing carcasses
left rotting on the surface.
The latest plan I heard was to get rid of 90% of them which is good
for the alpine but does leave a pollution concern if all the wild dogs
can't eat the carcasses.
The proposal we have received for the purpose of comment was that the
brumbies would be herded into a confined area and then shot. There was
no plan whatsoever for dealing with the remaining huge heap of
There are currently ~6000 brumbies in Kosciuszko National Park something
has to be done to reduce the number, same with pigs, deer and dogs
because they are screwing up the environment. Maybe a decent size
temporary horse abattoir in the area. I love horses and they do look
beautiful when they're healthy off across the high plains and such but
not when they're are starving and nor is the damage
I totally agree. The problem I see is the lack of imagination on the part
of the department running National Parks. They only see things in terms
of how much additional money they could cut from their yearly budgets and
how many tourist areas they could permanently close to public access.
No maintenance costs and no public liability is their motto!
I really see no reason why those horses should be wasted. They could
either be sold off or worked up as meat.
Have you ever eaten horse meat? It is like a very lean beef and tastes
quite nice if properly cooked. I'd be all for it!
Post by de chucka Post by Ördög
In our reply to the proposal we have included the comment that in our
opinion the feral species causing the most damage to the area was homo
Same with the caves in NSW.
Quite correct. In fact, the I have never seen a cave really destroyed by
animals other than humans.
Most of the damage these days are caused either by mining activities or
some undisciplined wild cavers. The regular clubs observe the strict
ASF environmental protection rules for caving activities and always cave
with a valid permit.
Post by de chucka
However, we did not suggest any culling of that species ...
Lucky pez isn't in you speleo group or he'd have suggested aerial
culling bur only of moslems
Sorry for Petz, caving clubs don't allow drunken cavers anywhere near a
cave. Alcohol consumption is strictly restricted to after the caving trip
in the best interest of anyone involved.
Ördög, without any apologies