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Roo numbers to boom as outback blooms

Wednesday October 6, 2010 - 09:43 EDT

Good winter rain means kangaroo numbers could be the highest in decades.

The kangaroo industry says it has faced tough times for the past 11 years, with drought forcing many roo shooters to look elsewhere for work.

The president of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia, Ray Borda, says kangaroo numbers are now expected to rise.

"We'll see numbers, coming out of summer, that we haven't seen in 30 years. You'll see hundreds of thousands," he said.

"In some areas, like in the North-East Pastoral area (SA), there used to be reported numbers of anywhere up to 50 per square kilometre.

"In recent years that has dropped to eight per square kilometre. That's because kangaroos won't stay around if there is no feed or water. Now these numbers are building up again and I think we will see those 50 per square kilometres come back in some areas."

The Environment Department is waiting on results of its latest aerial surveys, but also expects kangaroos to flourish given the good outback conditions.

- ABC

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