ROO RAGE: Quilpie is set to begin culling their kangaroo population.
ROO RAGE: Quilpie is set to begin culling their kangaroo population. Andrew Messenger

Quilpie set to cull kangaroos next week

QUILPIE shire has announced its first-ever cull of hundreds of kangaroos around the township, raising the fury of some green groups.

Mayor Stuart Mackenzie said they were in plague proportions in town and had been moving into town since September last year.

“They’ve been going into people’s gardens or sheds, sometimes dying in there and so on,” he said.

”They only come in at night, but we’ve had to move carcasses in the morning that have been hit at night.”

He said the shire would be looking to shoot between a couple of hundred to a thousand to make it safer on the road.

But Nikki Sytterby from the Australian Kangaroo Society was downright furious.

“They’re just copying Longreach and Charleville,” she said. Both shires culled in town at about this time last year.

“None of the reasons (given) really stand out as legitimate,” she said.

An “indiscriminate” cull would likely end up killing the larger bucks and upset the mob structure of kangaroo society, dispersing them.

“Shooting them is not going to deal with the road risk,” she argued, because the terrified animals would still be a problem for cars.

The cull will begin on February 9.


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