Drought in Australia: more than 5000 camels, wild shot

Snipers on board the helicopters have shot more than 5000 camels wild in Australia during a campaign to reduce the threat these animals pose to the population in the context of the drought in the interior of the country, announced on Tuesday the authorities.

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Local officials of the State of South Australia had stated that herd ” extremely important “, in search of food and water, approached more populated areas, threatening the reserves of these villages in addition to cause damage and constitute a danger to motorists.

The huge island-continent has experienced in the year 2019 year the most hot and dry, which has not only resulted in dramatic forest fires that are still raging in certain regions, but also of shortages of water in many localities.

This campaign of slaughter of five days came to an end in the territory of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY), a vast area of local government administration (LGA) managed by the aborigines in the extreme north-west of South Australia, said Richard King, director-general of the territories of the APY, which is home to around 2300 people.

“We understand the concerns of advocates of animal, but there is a lot of misinformation about the realities of life for wild animals is not endemic, in one of the most arid and remote places of the Earth,” said Mr. King in a press release.

“As stewards of this earth we need to manage pest species that has been introduced to protect the valuable water supply for the population and protecting priority to the lives of everyone, including young children, the elderly, and the flora and fauna indigenous. “

Mr. King explained that camels weakened, were often trapped in wells at the point of dying out there, contaminating water reserves are precious to people and wildlife.

“The drought lasts, which is not difficult to manage for native wildlife, generates situations of serious distress for the camels, wild “, he said.

Officials of the APY stated that over 5,000 camels had been slaughtered.

Camels were introduced into Australia in the 1840s by the settlers, who used them for exploration, or for carrying goods and property, before the construction of railway lines.

Approximately 20 000 animals were imported from India in sixty years.

Flying in freedom in the hinterland (Outback), and with no natural predators, they reproduced and are considered a pest that pollutes water sources and endangers the fragile areas as well as wildlife and indigenous flora.

Australia would now be the country with the largest population of camels, wild world, with some official estimates suggesting a million beasts in the desert areas of the centre.