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Kangaroos as Controversial Pests: Is It Truly a Serious Pest Problem?

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Find out the underlying truth behind the recent news wherein Kangaroos are now controversial pests and is there enough reason for Kangaroo Culling?

More than just the largest marsupial and beloved hopping icons of Australia, Kangaroos are now being claimed as controversial pests. Posing a serious pest problem across the nation, people are currently divided between different views – seeing them as treasured species or believing in the need for systematic culling. Just recently, with the reports about the heightened increase of their population had consequently led the Australian government and several Aussies to label the Kangaroos as pests – jumping down a street filled with cars and somewhat taking over the cities. 

It might come across as a surprise since these marsupials have been treasured by the great outback but you’ll also find them in several parts serving kangaroo meat and causing infestation on some properties.  In that context, culling has been part of the pest control near you and it is quite an experience at Canberra, Australia’s national capital.  


The Truth behind the Roo Problem

The exact population of the Kangaroos is highly debatable; however, it is thought to be tens of thousands and yet the plague proportions have caused an on-going stir in the country.  As such, many tourists get to experience more than just petting a koala and feeding the kangaroo wherein they also get to taste the kangaroo meat and enjoy even the availability of kangaroo leather.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment of the Australian Government, the population of Kangaroos since the period of 2011 are estimated in the following statistics:

2011 Population estimates for kangaroos within the commercial harvest areas



(Macropus rufus)

Western Grey

(Macropus fuliginosus)

Eastern Grey

(Macropus giganteus)


(Macropus robustus)


South Australia






Western Australia






New South Wales





















Presently, there are several reports showing that more than a number of 1.5 million kangaroos were killed in 2015 and that 5 million were slaughtered in 2012. The culling that takes place around the country seems to be well-systematized as a covert operation wherein a National Code of Practice is created involving the use of hunting rifles and commercialized hunting trends. As such, the code requires an accurate system in regards to killing the Kangaroos. Examples are the lethal shot to the head, a fatal hit in the neck, and to decapitate or crush the skull. You’ll surely be surprised that shooters are even required to pass certain competency test.

A member of the Yuin people of New South Wales, Dwayne Bannon-Harrison, says “They’ve been walking this land a lot longer than people have. How could something that’s been here for millennia be ‘destroying’ the country? I don’t understand the logic in that.”

Several animal welfare organizations, vocal minorities and even celebrities raised their voices, calling the culling to be inhumane and unnecessary under the best circumstances – therefore dividing the country between those who agree and disagree about the conflicting issue. However, at the end of the day, it comes down to this existential question: More than the description information found from the books and encyclopedias, what is the true definition of a Kangaroo to you?  


Problems Caused by Kangaroos

For an increasingly urbanized Australia, the Kangaroos tagged as native to the continent have adapted to the changes in their environment. For more eminent discussion of the impact of unregulated kangaroo numbers, people are intrigued over the following:


Are they dangerous to humans?

For most landowners, Kangaroos are becoming troublesome as they compete with domestic livestock for scarce resources of food and water (eating the feed which is supposedly for cattle and sheep), cause hazards on the roads, and damage properties, particularly breaking down fences or trample crops. There are also instances of individual kangaroos harassing humans.

Biologically, the risk of being attacked by kangaroos is low, but it doesn’t mean we don’t have to be wary around them. They can be quite aggressive due to several reasons, particularly the male Kangaroos. The wild ones may be a bit skittish to humans but when provoked or teased, they can land a destructive kick that may easily harm or rupture a vital organ.


Up to what extent are they bad for the environment?

The Kangaroo killings in certain areas tend to hide in the guise of environmental sustainability. However, does killing kangaroos en masse a necessity for land management plans and for the betterment of the environment as well as Australia’s biosecurity?

The uncontrolled population of the Kangaroos tends to cause a negative impact on the environment in terms of overgrazing. With the swelling in numbers, Kangaroos has threatened plant species and also poses threats to the habitat of other animals according to

However, let us not be overly taken by the culling system because if we are to consider extinction in the future, there may be potential consequences of the present actions. Through careful and thoughtful management, we may develop a clear preservation and sustainability of Australia's ecosystem.


How to Keep Your Home and Property Safe from Pest Problem Posed by Kangaroos

There are too many rooms and handling this matter indeed caused constant worry over the kind of infestation it may bring to a homeowner’s backyard or farmlands. As such, here are the following options you may opt to do, other than joining the culling or commercial harvest of Kangaroos.

  1. Cluster Fencing. Kangaroos may damage property fences, however, you may try creating government-subsidized fences around your property or farms.


  1. Undesirable Habitat. You may pose your property or farms to portray as undesirable habitat by trimming trees and reducing sheltered areas therefore keeping the kangaroos out of your garden and property.


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