The precious and unique Australian Alps and Kosciuszko National Park need our help. The growing population of invasive horses are driving critically endangered native plants and animals towards extinction and causing irreversible harm to the country and waters that support them.
Since the Coalition introduced protections for feral horses in 2018, aerial culling by the National Park Service has been prohibited and trapping programs have failed to control the population numbers. Trapping and removal programs between 2019 and 2021 removed only 886 feral horses out of an estimated population at the time of 14 thousand, a mere 5% of horses. Meanwhile, between 2020 and 2022, the feral horse population has grown a staggering 4,434.
The Government has now opened public consultation for a change to the wild horse management plan that will allow aerial culling to recommence in certain circumstances and under strict conditions. We need your help to make sure Kosciuszko National Park is protected from the impacts of feral horses.
Hundreds of thousands of other feral animals, like pigs and deer, are routinely culled using aerial shooting as part of normal and effective invasive species management across NSW, including in Kosciuszko National Park. In Kosciuszko National Park 4,583 deer, 669 feral pigs, 15 goats and 17 foxes were removed in the three years to the end of 2022 through aerial shooting.
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