Queensland And Its Pests
Queensland’s got a lot things to deal with, it’s in Australia after all. Make no mistake, pest control in Brisbane has their work have their work cut out for them. But more than just bugs and spiders, there’s also invasive species like European foxes, and, oddly enough, kangaroos. Yes, Aussies consider them a pest species.
An example of the response to the invasive pest species, the government via the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), have launched a campaign for culling the European red fox population across Queensland, which will cover the state’s coastal bushland areas from Mudjimba all the way to Peregian.
According to the press release released on the 12th of April, 2018, the programme will be a cooperation between the QPWS and Sunshine Coast Council, which will run until June of 2018. According to Jenny McKay says that it was important to continually monitor fox activity.
The council has said that their program uses the best practice methods to deal with fox population, which is good, as there’s been some issues with pest control methods in the past.
For example, the kangaroo population has been increasing across Queensland has been increasing, and farmers have been looking to deal with that, and not all of them have been, shall we say, humane. A recent report made for the Queensland Government backed up the claims that roo populations have been going up, with some saying that it came as a result of the AU$67 million National Wild Dog Action Plan.
The increase in numbers have, expectedly, been met with an increase in culls. Of course, with so many things happening, there isn’t a way to keep an eye of everything. A roo shooter recently went out and revealed what some farmers do in order to deal with the roos encroaching on their lands, and some of these methods would not be approved by pest control in Brisbane, by anyone.
Some examples of these more questionable methods include vehicular assault, non-lethal shots designed to leave roos to die in slow agony, water poisoning and the like. The shooter, who has elected to remain anonymous, says that proper shooters use humane methods, aiming to kill as quickly as painlessly as possible, and these methods were counter to that.
Pests are pests, of course, and no one wants them around. That much is understandable. But the fires of rage with the pest control comes not from the culling, but the inhumanity, or in the words of the shooter; ‘crazy’. The government, of course, works to ensure best practices, but it’s not the government dealing with invasive species, is it?