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Feral camel cull targets NT-SA border
ABC News Online, Thursday, 23 June 2005
More than 3,000 feral camels have been killed on the Northern Territory-South Australian border as part of a systematic culling program.
The South Australian Department of Environment has revealed it carried out the aerial shooting across five pastoral stations and a national park last month.
It is estimated there are about 60,000 feral camels in the Simpson Desert region, causing extensive environmental damage.
The department's Allen Holmes says although camels can be used for meat and leather, it was better for the environment to leave the carcasses to rot.
"This country is impoverished and to be harvesting those nutrients, especially in a national park, is not a good thing, so we're happy to see those animals just disappear back into the landscape," he said.
Mr Holmes says the decision was made not to inform the public of the cull because it may have generated unwelcome publicity.
"If that sort of media attention stops us doing our jobs then you can see why we're very hesitant to make a fuss about this and draw attention, so we do like to do this quietly and try to keep out of the public's eye," he said.
He says while some animal rights groups are opposed to culling wild camels, most people understand the need for it.
"I think most of the general public accept that, they do understand what it is that we're doing and support us...it's not something you enjoy doing, it's just one of those necessities of being good land managers," he said.
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