Kangaroos are a widely recognised symbol of Australia and, like all native fauna, are protected in all Australian states and territories. However, some kangaroo species are so abundant that the Australian Government has deemed they can be harvested for ecological and land management reasons. Commercial harvesting does not take place in every Australian state and territory, but each state and territory acknowledges that overabundant macropods impact on landscapes and sustainable agriculture and provide permits to “manage” them.
What are the issues?
- Kangaroo populations become overabundant after good seasons
- Overpopulation of kangaroos leads to overgrazing, damages landscapes and accelerates the onset of drought
- During prolonged droughts, numerous kangaroos die from starvation, thirst, disease and roadkill
What are the opportunities?
- Improving welfare outcomes for kangaroo populations
- Integrated management programs
- Creating opportunities for sustainable regional employment, particularly for Aboriginal communities
- Providing sustainable, healthy protein for a growing global population
- Better planning, collaboration, research and information sharing