South Australia’s leaders approve killing 10,000 Camels due to drought in the region.
News Com Australia reports that leaders in South Australia have sought the help of army shooters to kill 10,000 wild camels.
According to local reports, professional shooters will kill 10,000 wild camels in five days in aerial operations.
The helicopters will begin operation from today (January 8).
The presence of camels in the northwestern region of South Australia is causing drought.
A spokesman for the South Australian Department of Environment and Water said that “traditional owners in the west of AP Wayland have been selling camels for many years, but it is impossible to handle such camels in the dry season.”
According to the spokesperson, the pressure of the camels grazing in AP Wayland has resulted in damage to the basic system, due to their search appetite and water.”
“Thousands of camels die of thirst or trample each other to reach the water. Sometimes the dead animals also become contaminated with important water sources and cultural sites”, he added.
There are an estimated 12 million wild camels in Australia.
They are found mostly in the middle of the continent but are now spread across Western Australia.
It is thought that 24 people have been killed and millions of acres of land have been burned to death by fire in Australia’s forests.
According to media reports, more than 50 million animals have been killed by Australian forest fires, while several species of animals in the region have been reported to have disappeared.
According to environmentalists at the University of Sydney, 48 million mammals, birds and reptiles have been killed since September last year and this number is likely to increase further.