According to foreign media reports, the Australian Wildlife Department plans to kill or relocate more than 10,000 wild horses due to the flood of wild horses and threats to the local ecological environment. However, some experts questioned the proposal, saying that more wild horses should be killed. According to data from the Australian Alps National Park, according to the 2019 aviation survey, there are more than 25,000 wild horses in Australia. Most of these horses are called “brumbies” and live in the Alps.
David Watson, an ecologist at Charles Extraordinary in Australia, said that Australia’s alpine environment covers only 1% of the continent, and there are many endemic and endangered species that cannot be found elsewhere.
However, wild horses are an invasive species in Australia that reproduce rapidly and cause extensive ecosystem damage in the area.One area that is particularly threatened is the Cowshoek National Park in New South Wales, where there are more than 14,000 wild horses.
According to the draft plan issued by the National Parks and Wildlife Department of New South Wales, the aim is to reduce the number of wild horses in Couscousco National Park to 3,000. This not only protects the ecological environment of the area, but also preserves the “heritage value” of the wild horses.
but,Subsequently, 69 scientists from the Australian Academy of Sciences argued that the draft plan left too many wild horses and was not enough to protect the park from wild horses.
Compared with Kosiusko National Park, the other two areas that also have “brumbies” have taken a tougher approach. The Australian Capital Territory has adopted a zero-tolerance approach to wild horses and will “clean up” any wild horses that overflow the border.
also,Victoria has also issued its own management plan, which aims to completely “clear” all wild horses in the state’s alpine habitat. At that time, it will be possible to culminate the horses by shooting from the air.
It is worth mentioning that Australia is not the first large-scale culling of wild animals. Last year, the government organized the shooting and killing of 10,000 camels.