Expanding hunting in Victoria to include kangaroos should be a consideration by the State Government, as it undertakes a population survey to update its kangaroo management plan, Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Northern Victoria MP Daniel Young said.
Low-level aerial kangaroo surveys are being conducted this month, for the first time in Victoria, to determine the population distribution.
“While long overdue, I welcome the Government’s decision to conduct these surveys because anecdotal evidence indicates that the kangaroo population is at plague proportions in many areas,” Mr Young said.
“Based on the reports from constituents and shires throughout the Northern Victoria Region, I have long been calling on the State Government to be more proactive in managing kangaroo numbers. A survey to understand the size of the problem is a first step.
“Should the survey show that kangaroo numbers are problematic, as I believe they are, the State Government needs to next consider that current management practices are not sustainable. As such, this is an ideal time to start talking about alternatives. One such alternative would be to reclassify kangaroos to game for hunting purposes.
“We have seen kangaroo numbers are currently supporting a successful pet food trial which should now be made permanent. It is conceivable there could also be a sustainable plan for kangaroos to be harvested for human consumption.”