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Mayor says 'plague' roo numbers impacting inland graziers

By Chrissy Arthur, Friday August 22, 2014 - 13:57 EST

A western Queensland mayor says most graziers are positive about the outlook, although rising kangaroo numbers are causing concern.

Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves says graziers are reporting thousands of roos on paddocks and properties where there is some green pick from recent rain.

She says producers have done the right thing to offload livestock but the massive numbers are adding to grazing pressure.

She says as soon as any are culled, more seem to arrive.

"Doesn't matter where you go in this great country, drought is a part of nature," she said.

"I think the main thing that is really getting to people though is that as they've destocked and they've had a shower of rain, is the number of kangaroos, just in plague proportions and it is coming across the more and more you talk to people. We are all in the same boat.

"The roos just come in by the hundreds and thousands.

"There is just no feed, they just take all that fresh pick.

"Perhaps as people are doing the right thing and destocking their country, the number of kangaroos are just increasing, and that is really affecting the carrying capacity.

"As quick as you cull numbers, there just seems to be more coming in."


© ABC 2014

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