Considered a nuisance, brumbies arouse the exasperation of Australian authorities. This species of wild horses, accused of destroying territory on the island, is at the heart of a public consultation which expires on Tuesday, November 2. The Kosciuszko Alpine National Park (New South Wales), at the origin of the project, intends to drastically reduce this population of unwanted equines. Objective: to move or outright cut down to 10,000 brumbies, says Slate, citing the journal Nature.
These hard-hoofed wild horses, imported by early pioneers in Australia, would endanger the island’s fragile ecosystems. As Slate explains, this scourge is all the more problematic as the population of Brumbies continues to grow. In Australian alpine parks, their number has doubled in the past five years. As it stands, the project aims to go from 14,000 congeners to just 3,000. A level still too high for the Australian Academy of Sciences.
According to some scientists, the population of non-native wild animals is ravaging species and their places of life in Australia. “Alpine wetlands continue to deteriorate, even with very few wild horses. The Kosciusko National Park cannot recover from drought, bush fires and overgrazing if 3,000 wild horses remain, as currently proposed, ”alerted nearly 70 signatories in a letter to the Ministry of ‘Environment, echoed by Nature.
By grazing, trampling and degrading waterways, the remaining 3,000 brumbies could threaten many native animals, including vulnerable species of fish and frogs. In addition to the ecological dimension, this brumbie slaughter project is accompanied by a historical-political debate. Indeed, according to some environmental defenders, the plan proposed by the Kosciuszko Park would have complied with the demands of a lobby attached to the heritage and “legacy” of this species, which arrived in Australia with the first waves of European colonialism.