Aerial shoot­ing starts Mon­day

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - News -

The largest aerial shoot­ing pro­gram ever con­ducted in NSW na­tional parks and re­serves will tar­get the lo­cal area next week.

The op­er­a­tion is sched­uled to oc­cur from Mon­day to Fri­day in Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park and Re­gional Park precincts of Millewa, Moira, Gulpa Is­land and the Werai lands. The ex­act dates for each park will vary to take ac­count of lo­cal weather and other con­di­tions.

A Na­tional Parks and Wildlife spokesper­son said some of the op­er­a­tion is in Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Park, but not the area be­hind Me­mo­rial Park in De­niliquin.

‘‘This sec­tion is east of Mathoura, away from De­niliquin.’’

The fo­cus on con­trol of feral pest an­i­mals statewide is to pro­tect the re­main­ing pop­u­la­tions of plants and an­i­mals and as­sist the re­cov­ery of na­tive species fol­low­ing last sum­mer’s bush­fires.

‘‘Aerial shoot­ing al­lows NPWS ac­cess to parts of the re­serve that are dif­fi­cult to ac­cess for ground con­trol op­er­a­tions,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘It also sup­ports other on ground pest con­trol ac­tiv­i­ties such as trap­ping, bait­ing and ground shoot­ing.

‘‘Pest an­i­mals dam­age the en­vi­ron­men­tal val­ues of the parks and re­serves and may also im­pact the pro­duc­tiv­ity of ad­join­ing land in­clud­ing farm­ing en­ter­prises.

‘‘Lo­cal Land Ser­vices has con­ducted sur­veys of feral an­i­mals across all land tenures in the Riverina.

‘‘Gen­er­ally feral an­i­mal num­bers are rel­a­tively low fol­low­ing the re­cent drought.

‘‘This op­er­a­tion will help us take ad­van­tage of lower num­bers to re­duce pop­u­la­tions to even lower lev­els.’’

While there is a large num­ber of kan­ga­roos, they are still a pro­tected na­tive species and will not part of this op­er­a­tion.


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