Outback towns terrorised by plague of kangaroos

Published: September 30, 2015
Grey nomads look at kangaroo plague in WIndorah

Kangaroos ‘taller than men’ are terrorising small Outback communities in drought-ravaged south-west Queensland.

The thirsty marsupials are said to have reached plague proportions in some areas and the situation is so bad in remote Barcoo Shire that the council there has applied for funding to build a giant fence to keep the hopping menace at bay.

Mayor Julie Groves says the barrier is need to protected the villages of Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah, which are ‘under siege’ from hungry, thirsty and, potentially, aggressive kangaroos.

“The sheer numbers, you can drive around and you’ll see a mob of kangaroos and you lose count after 120 or 130, they are in plague proportions,” Cr Groves told the Brisbane Times. “We’re talking about ‘roos taller than most men. We appreciate they are starving but you have to keep the little kids and older people safe.”

Cr Groves said the shire would apply to the federal government for up to $800,000 to erect approximately 55 kilometres of vermin proof fencing around the three towns, as well as around vital infrastructure such as sporting grounds, schools and cemeteries.

“I know the great majority of people think kangaroos are great but they become aggressive, the claws on their toes, people don’t seem to realise they can rip you open if they jump at you and attack,” she told the Brisbane Times. “That’s why we took the step.”

  • Have you ever been intimidated by the presence of a kangaroo? How should the problem be dealt with? Comment below.
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Bill Riches
6 years ago

Shoot and eat them

Clive
6 years ago

Its unfortunate but it appears that nature has been by passed. Its time for us to intervene and cull the excess numbers for the good of all. Hopefully a use can be found for the carcasses.

vic
6 years ago

I don’t see why we cant farm them –so many farmers are doing it tough in the very same areas where the roos are causing a problem, they would make a great export commodity to so many nations.

Rob Jones
6 years ago

culling is the only solution; roos are competing for any feed that’s left if there are any cattle left to compete with, but get on with the cull and don’t advertise it too much lest the do gooders get wind. Roo meat is good pet feed. How many bullets will 800 grand buy?

Peter
6 years ago
Reply to  Rob Jones

Roo is one of the healthiest meats you can eat. Camel is also better then beef. We are not the sharpest tools in the shed when it comes to healthy food.

mary
6 years ago

Why do people always jump to the kill solution? Is there any way some water can be provided out of town for those poor Roos. They are desperate..a little compassion please!

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